Unite GS blasts failure to rein in energy profiteers

Ofgem price review: 8 in 10 people & BEIS Committee Chair join Unite in demanding price review is now re-opened

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Reacting to the Ofgem’s newly published price review on Wednesday (November 30) Unite has slammed the regulator’s failure to rein in rampant profiteering by energy distributors such as UK Power Networks.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Ofgem have utterly failed to protect the public from rapacious energy profiteers. This price review will allow distributors like UK Power Networks to pick bill payers pockets as we all overpay them by at least £1.5 billion in the next five years. This cannot go unchallenged.

“8 in 10 people support Unite’s call for Ofgem to reopen their price review as well as the Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee,” she added.

“Unite will now escalate our campaign by taking this issue to MPs in the worst hit areas so they cannot ignore how energy profiteers hurt their constituents or the strength of public feeling to rein them in.”

Unite has launched a new online tool for the public to write to their MP directly which can be found here. Unite will also hold demonstrations in constituencies worst hit by energy profiteering.

Unite’s call for the Ofgem price review to be re-opened has been joined by a growing number of MPs including Darren Jones, who has written to Ofgem as Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee.

By Ciaran Naidoo