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Contract End Date campaign update
An update of our campaign that we believe could help save UK SMEs £500 million by 2014.
Make It Cheaper is fighting a campaign to make changes to energy bills, changes that we think could contribute to helping small businesses in the UK to save £500 million by 2014. We'd like to update you on how the campaign is going so far, and what you can do to get involved.
Make It Cheaper is asking the government to make sure that energy companies not only clearly print details of renewal dates, and what price increases will be in plain English, but also to make sure that these letters are sent by recorded delivery, so everyone has a chance to save themselves money on their energy bills and avoid getting caught out by the "roll-over trap".
Support for our campaign
Over the past couple of months we've been drawing attention to our campaign in Parliament. We've met with the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, the Shadow Energy and Climate Change team and a number of MPs. These have been vital in allowing us to explain what we want for small businesses, and why. We've also put our case to the energy regulator, Ofgem, the industry watchdog, Consumer Focus, the Federation of Small Businesses and other government officials on your behalf.
Our local MP Kate Hoey has asked a number of questions for us in Parliament, drawing the Government's attention to the concerns our campaign raises and has also tabled an Early Day Motion for us, which is a tool which MPs can use to show their support for a specific cause. This EDM has already been signed by a growing list of MPs including Peter Bottomley, Kelvin Hopkins, Martin Caton, Roger Godsiff, David Crausby and Hywel Williams.
We are also delighted to report that a milestone has also been reached in gaining support from two suppliers: E.ON & CNG, who have agreed to adopt improvements to their customer communications. CNG has agreed to delivering clear, concise information at regular intervals to customers on their notice period and contract end date and E.ON have committee to putting Contract End Dates on their bills by the end of the year. This marks a huge step forward in our campaign to empower customers and increase transparency in this industry.
A huge thank you to all of our customers who have supported the campaign in some way so far. For those of you who haven't yet been involved in the campaign but would like to be, below are some ways you can help in the fight for a fairer deal for small businesses:
1) Let us know if you would be happy for us to arrange for you to meet with your local MP to explain the significance of the campaign to you and its aim to help more businesses like yours. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Ask you MP to sign up to our Early Day Motion: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/early-day-motions/edm-detail1/?session=2012-13&edmnumber=282&orderby=Party&orderdirection=Asc
3) Sign our e-petition that asks the government to spell out to Ofgem What Businesses Want From Energy Customer Engagement, and share it with any other small businesses you know: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29821