ACS has responded to the Government’s announcement ahead of the publication of the Energy Bill next week, urging energy regulator Ofgem to act swiftly to introduce protections for local shops.

As part of the Energy Bill, the Government is to increase the Levy Control Framework budget from £2.35 billion to £7.6billion, which will allow suppliers to charge customers more to raise money for low carbon infrastructure by 2020. 

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The Government’s announcement comes as yet another blow to retailers who already have to contend with rollover contracts, backdated bills and other bully tactics by energy companies.

“We are continuing to campaign for local shops to have the same protections as domestic customers, chief of which is a 12 month limit on backdated bills. Ofgem needs to level the playing field for small businesses before retailers are hit with the price rises announced as part of the Government’s commitment to low-carbon energy.”

ACS is currently preparing a response to Ofgem’s Retail Market Review consultation, calling for swift action to ensure that local shops receive better protections from the regulator and an end to excessive backbills.

Retailers can find useful tips on how to reduce their energy usage and save money in the Energy advice section of the ACS website.