Pensioners urged to burn energy bills to keep warm this winter
David Cameron’s pledge to make energy companies give every customer their cheapest rates was met with confusion from consumer groups and regulators yesterday. Instead of making a u-turn on the vow for cheaper energy, the government now suggests pensioners simply burn their crippling energy bills if they get cold this winter.
“I understand the price of heating is high,” said Energy Secretary Ed Davey. “If you get cold this winter our message is simple – don’t turn up the central heating, we all know you can’t afford it.
“Simply place all the bills you have in a metal bin, drop a match on them and bask in the few precious minutes of mild warmth they give off as they turn to ashes.”
Arriving in Brussels for an EU summit last night, Mr Cameron said he was on the side of hard-pressed families who struggle to pay energy bills.
“That’s what I meant when I talked about cheap fuel,” said Cameron. “The cheapest fuel is the bills that energy companies send you – families don’t even have to pay postage, as the bills just keep coming and coming.”
Story: Simon Swatman