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Energy minister urges regulator to act on high standing charges following calls from Martin Lewis and MSE to lower them

The Energy Secretary Claire Coutinho has written to the regulator Ofgem asking it to tackle the issue of high standing charges, which make up around £334 of most people's annual bill.

2 April 2024

Water and sewerage charges to rise by up to 20% on average – here's what's happening where you live

The majority of households in England, Scotland and Wales will see water and sewerage charges rise from April. However, prices vary depending on where you live, and not everyone will see an increase.

2 February 2024

'Terrible' inflation-busting mobile and broadband price hikes to be probed by Chancellor after Martin Lewis grills him on it

In an interview with MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said he would write to the competition and markets watchdog and "get to the bottom" of mid-contract telecoms rises.

10 January 2024

Millions of water and sewerage bill payers could get payouts if new legal claims succeed – here's what you need to know

Millions of water and sewerage bill payers could be due compensation payouts of up to £109 each if a new set of group legal claims against several big water firms succeeds.

3 January 2024

Inflation-linked mid-contract broadband, mobile and TV price hikes to be banned

Broadband, mobile and TV firms will no longer be able to hit customers with inflation-linked price hikes mid-contract, under proposals put forward by the telecoms regulator.

12 December 2023

TV licence fee to rise by £10.50 a year to £169.50 from April 2024

The annual cost of a standard colour TV licence will rise to £169.50 from 1 April 2024 – an increase of £10.50 on the current price of £159 a year – the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

7 December 2023

'Unpredictable' broadband and mobile price hikes should be banned, say Which? and Citizens Advice

Broadband and mobile firms should be banned from hitting their customers with unpredictable mid-contract price hikes, consumer group Which? and charity Citizens Advice have said.

29 November 2023

Water bills to rise by less than planned from April 2024 as firms hit with £114 million penalty – here's what we know

Some water bills in England and Wales could rise by less than planned from April 2024, as 12 water companies have been hit with a collective £114 million penalty for missing targets on pollution, leaks and customer service.

26 September 2023

Octopus Tracker energy tariff – could it save you £100s on your energy bills?

The Octopus Tracker tariff is not right for everyone, but if you're willing to regularly keep track of daily price changes, it could mean big savings.

26 September 2023

Octopus Agile – is it now an energy tariff worth switching to?

The Agile tariff from Octopus Energy is not right for everyone, but if you use it in the right way, it could mean big savings.

26 September 2023