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Scottish Power to cut prices by 3.3%

ScottishPower is to cut dual-fuel prices by 3.3 per cent from 31 January as it passes on savings from the Government's green levy-shake up.

Labour claim energy companies paid nearly £4bn above the average market rate for electricity over a three year period... and passed the costs on to the consumer

Energy companies paid nearly £4bn above the average market rate for their electricity and charged customers about £150 extra over three years as a result, the Labour party has claimed.

Sean Matthews clears Christmas decorations and personal belongings from his home in Yalding, Kent, after it was flooded during the recent bad weather

More bad weather threatens further floods as thousands STILL without power

Another band of heavy rain and strong winds is expected on Monday and New Years Eve, bringing further floods and disruption

David Cameron with residents in Yalding, Kent

UK weather: Yalding villagers cut off by flood confront David Cameron

Prime Minister praises ‘real spirit’ of storm victims in Kent left without power for five days

Energy firms accused of 'green murder' over levies rollback

Some energy companies have been accused of “getting away with green murder” for failing to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of levies.

The average profit made by the companies per household has more than tripled in three years

Energy firms: Big Six profits rise from £30 to £105 per UK household - more than threefold in three years

New data demolishes companies' claims that price hikes are beyond their control

The dominant companies - EDF, E.on, British Gas, Scottish and Southern,Scottish Power and Npower - will have to overhaul their confusing and expensive tariffs this year to escape tougher action, it said

Npower blasted over performance as energy company tops complaints

Soaring prices and poor customer service have contributed to a surge in complaints from energy customers - with npower receiving a higher rate of customer dissatisfaction than any other “big six” company.

The Big Six energy firms have been accused of using consumers as 'cash cows'

We’re all in it together: Last of Big Six energy companies to announce price hikes even as Ed Davey says customers are not ‘cash cows’

Energy Secretary warns firms they are now no better than 'greedy bankers' in public eye

Fund managers controlling billions of pounds invested in UK energy companies have warned that they are considering pulling out of the sector because of political interference in the market

Big Six energy firms face investor exodus over political interference in pricing

Fund managers controlling billions of pounds invested in UK energy companies have warned that they are considering pulling out of the sector because of political interference in the market.

Business Secretary Vince Cable opposes David Cameron's energy tax review

Coalition parties split over energy companies’ green obligations

Cable warns against ‘short-sighted and foolish’ decisions

Ed Miliban has pledged to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months if Labour wins power

Energy rip-off: 'Big Six' firms too close to ministers, says Ed Miliband

Labour plans to rein in energy lobbyists as analysis shows ministers have met with energy giants five times more often than with consumer groups

Inside Westminster: Our political conferences have turned into glorified trade fairs

Companies are paying political parties millions for access to their MPs

Sky-high energy bills see Britons switch off

Homeowners choose to cut consumption as cost of heating and lighting soars

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