A comment and a question...
Just had the email giving me my increase etc... my two points are that the email is worded so that it appears the government are the ones increasing the price when in fact OFGEM have given the go ahead for energy companies to instigate price increases to a certain level and it is those companies that are choosing to implement the increases to the max allowed. Not withstanding that wholesale gas per therm is currently less then 200p/therm (it only jumped above 300p/therm for a very short amount of time and only above 400p/therm for a couple of days in November). It was previously hovering around 50 to 80/therm so while it has raised in cost it is by nowhere as near the amount energy companies are 'shouting' to all and sundry.
My question though is about the standing charge which lets face it, is something like a mythical entity to most and thats how energy companies like to keep it. Why is my standing charge increasing by almost 74%? From 28p per day to 44p day (approx). This is a secondary increase by stealth because as per usual, this seemingly arbitrary figure is not being mentioned in any increases but just a single innocuous line on my bill.
An explanation of this increase would be appreciated.