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Simon Icke
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Aston Clinton
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Posted - 25/06/2011 :  12:32:00  Show Profile Send Simon Icke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ofgem announces it is going to get tough with utility companies over confusing tarrifs...

Ofgem talk tough but seem to do very little, besides the utility companies know they are in charge of the market; without fear of proper regulation...

Meanwhile the poor and elderly continue to die each winter from cold related illnesses in their tens of thousands, too frightened to use their heating.
Our callous, greedy and selfish society led by the big six utility companies who play cat and mouse games with the toothless tiger, Ofgem. Who continue to make 'mealy mouthed' promises about how they are going to get tough with the big fat greedy utility companies, but in reality nothing changes or only superficial changes at best.

The profits on domestic electric and gas continues to soar as they all play 'follow my leader' in charging the highest price they can possibly get away with, no one knows how they arrive at their prices or whether they are competitive or not, they seem to have no moral or social conscience in the human suffering that follows.

Everything is wrong with this industry, the tariffs are unclear; deliberately I believe, the people with no computers or current accounts pay the highest prices, these are often the poor and the elderly.

It is not possible for a customer to see clearly if they are on the best tariff or the most expensive and almost impossible to compare one company to another, especially if they are not online.

There is obvious mis-selling with sharp practices being used in accosting people in shopping centres, supermarkets and door to door cold calling, all promising to save vast sums of money if the person switches to them; all promises are unqualified and non regulated ( there is no paper record or 'fact find' to prove best advice was given) and in many cases they are costing the customer more money, than they are already paying if they stayed with their existing company.

There are also enticing inducements; a chance to win tickets to switch, or the favourite enticement, is offering supermarket points. In one well known supermarket chain the utility company were stopping shoppers in the aisles, asking do you have a store card? Which most people obviously answered, yes, so the salesman said, If so we can give you a 1000 points on your card if you switch to our company. As a retired Sales Manager from the properly regulated Financial Services Company. I couldn't believe they were allowed to 'accost' shoppers in this way and use such tactics to reel in one shopper after another. I made a formal complaint to the store manager who just shrugged her shoulders and was far too busy to worry about their loyal customers were being sold to in this way. This type of hustling should be stopped immediately.

Just to give you an idea how callous these salespeople are, when my father died aged 85 of cancer I had to deal with his estate; to my horror I found that in the last six months of his life before he was taken into a home he had been asked for his signature and cheque book details by three different utility companies who had cold called at his house, despite his very confused and fragile state not to mention his great age, he was mis-sold to thee times by callous utility salespeople taking advantage of a frail dying old man! I felt sick and so upset when I realised what had happened to him.

This is why I am so angry and determined to stop shameful selling practices and profiteering by these utility companies, who have got it made with massive increases in profits year on year, as the poor and the old continue to die in their thousands every winter, not to mention the many confused and elderly who continue to pay 'top dollar' because they just don't understand what is going on.

This whole industry needs to be radically changed from top to bottom including replacing the ineffective regulator Ofgem.

Are you listening Mr Cameron?


Simon Icke


Edited by - Simon Icke on 25/06/2011 12:36:06

Mac
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Posted - 27/06/2011 :  07:08:17  Show Profile  Visit Mac's Homepage Send Mac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree Simon, we need clearer tariffs for all.

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Simon Icke
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Aston Clinton
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  18:04:37  Show Profile Send Simon Icke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Amended letter to Government, Ofgem and British Gas following their announcement to make a 18% increase in Domestic Gas Prices and 16% increase in Electricity cost from August 2011.

The massive price hikes in both domestic gas and electricity prices by around 18% % from August 2011, as announced on 08 July 2011 by British Gas (Centrica) are totally unjustified and sickening and just so callous; as they are likely to cost cost the lives of many thousands of poor and elderly people this coming winter.

For years now the big six utility companies supplying domestic gas & electricity have been completely out of control and it now seems these companies are oblivious to the already existing severe financial hardship being experienced by millions ordinary people in the UK.

The Government regulator Ofgem talk tough but seem to do very little, besides the utility companies know they are in charge of the market; without fear of proper regulation.

Meanwhile the poor and elderly continue to die each winter from cold related illnesses in their thousands; too frightened to use their heating.
Our callous, greedy and selfish society led by the big six utility companies who play 'cat and mouse games' with the toothless tiger Ofgem. Who continue to make 'mealy mouthed' promises about how they are going to get tough with the greedy utility companies, but in reality nothing changes or only superficial changes at best.

The profits on domestic electric and gas continues to soar as they all play 'follow my leader' in charging the highest price they can possibly get away with, no one knows how they arrive at their prices or whether they are competitive or not, they seem to have no moral or social conscience in the human suffering that follows.

Everything is wrong with this industry, the tariffs are unclear; deliberately I believe, the people with no computers or current accounts pay the highest prices, these are often the poor and the elderly.

It is not possible for a customer to see clearly if they are on the best tariff or the most expensive and almost impossible to compare one company to another, especially if they are not online.

There is also obvious mis-selling with sharp practices being used in accosting people in shopping centres, supermarkets and door to door cold calling, cold calling by telephone at all hours of the day and night 7 days a week; all promising to save vast sums of money if the person switches to them; all promises are unqualified and non regulated ( there is no paper record or 'fact find' to prove best advice was given) and in many cases they are costing the customer more money, than they are already paying if they stayed with their existing company.

There are also enticing inducements; a chance to win tickets to switch, or the favourite enticement, is offering supermarket points. In one well known supermarket chain the utility company were stopping shoppers in the aisles, asking do you have a store card? Which most people obviously answered, yes, so the salesman said, If so we can give you a 1000 points on your card if you switch to our company. As a retired Sales Manager from the properly regulated Financial Services Company. I couldn't believe they were allowed to 'accost' shoppers in this way and use such tactics to reel in one shopper after another. I made a formal complaint to the store manager who just shrugged her shoulders and was far too busy to worry about their loyal customers were being sold to in this way. This type of hustling should be stopped immediately.

Just to give you an idea how callous these salespeople are, when my father died aged 85 of cancer I had to deal with his estate; to my horror I found that in the last six months of his life before he was taken into a home he had been asked for his signature and cheque book details by three different utility companies who had cold called at his house, despite his very confused and fragile state not to mention his great age, he was mis-sold to thee times by callous utility salespeople taking advantage of a frail dying old man! I felt sick and so upset when I realised what had happened to him.

This is why I am so angry and determined to stop shameful selling practices and profiteering by these utility companies, who have got it made with massive increases in profits year on year, as the poor and the old continue to die in their thousands every winter, not to mention the many confused and elderly who continue to pay 'top dollar' because they just don't understand what is going on.

This whole industry needs to be radically changed from top to bottom, including replacing the ineffective regulator Ofgem.

And perhaps the government could stop the false green stealth taxes which are also fuelling price rises beyond what people can afford. Ordinary people are being squeezed till the pips squeak every which way they look at the moment: As a result, I fear that many people will take their own lives, rather than live with such financial pressures and bills and debts they cannot afford to pay; but who really cares?

Mr Cameron? The Energy Minister? The Utility Companies? The Government? Ofgem?

I think non of the above!

Regards

Simon Icke
Independent campaigner

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Chris Green
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  19:27:30  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let me see now, the route that I would use for such a letter would be a public one on a general distribution to my MP, OFGEM, the Minister for the Environment, the relevent member of the House of Lords, AGEUK, Editors of the National Newspapers, Editors of specialist papers for instance Disability Now, Trades Union papers and the petrochemical industries.

As to general distribution I would set up a free website on http://www.weebly.com/ and then link that in to Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and My Space along with images from Photo Bucket, Photo Libra, etc..

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My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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alfgarnettjnr
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  20:44:06  Show Profile Send alfgarnettjnr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone. In regard to the proposed "price - hikes" by British Gas. I have actually informed British Gas; that I'm paying them no more increases in either my Gas or my Electric? I said if any increase was added I would immediately seek LEGAL ACTION? Guess what? It (WORKED)? I have received a letter from their chief executive saying: "I'm too continue to pay what I'm paying now." SIMPLE! Now if everyone did this - they just couldn't walk all over us? Could they! Thank you. From, Darryl Ashton. My new book; My World Of Poems is out now! www.comedypoet.wordpress.com
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Chris Green
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  21:44:00  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, well the increases are only proposed so they have no legal standing, now if the increases came in and you then refused to pay them, then I think you would be being taken to court by your gas company.

Also, unless you are registered as disabled with your utilities, the provider can cut you off.

Your 'victory' is an empty one.

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Chris Green
frankgreen2@virginmedia.com
http://chrisgreen.weebly.com/

Service before self

'A Poppy in My Buttonhole' available now SEE:
http://www.rossendalebooks.co.uk/
http://www.lulu.com/content/2791550

My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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Chris Green
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Newark-upon-Trent
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Posted - 13/07/2011 :  23:29:13  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The rises for British Gas come in on August 18th, think yourself lucky that you are not on Scottish Power who have institued a 60.5% increase in the charge per KiloWatt Hour (KWH).


Regards,
Chris Green
frankgreen2@virginmedia.com
http://chrisgreen.weebly.com/

Service before self

'A Poppy in My Buttonhole' available now SEE:
http://www.rossendalebooks.co.uk/
http://www.lulu.com/content/2791550

My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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Sland
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United Kingdom

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Posted - 14/07/2011 :  11:54:44  Show Profile Send Sland a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Where did you find that figure Chris. Can only see about 19% reported (http://investment**tchblog.com/pain-scottish-power-has-announced-a-huge-increase-in-fuel-prices-raising-gas-bills-by-an-average-of-19-per-cent-and-electricity-bills-by-10-per-cent-leaving-millions-out-of-pocket/)

Rgds,
Mike
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