16m pay bonanza for five British Gas bosses: Windfall came just weeks after inflation-busting price increases Chief executive Sam Laidlaw is handed 5million Figures emerge in Centrica's annual report showing British Gas made 606million profitOfgem predict the average gas and electricity bill will rise to 1,420 by end of next year was 1,188 and customers have seen their prices double over the last seven years. A total of 2.5million families are estimated to live in ‘fuel poverty’, which means they have to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on their energy bill
Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply
British Gas owners face backlash after reports suggest they will announce 15% surge in profits Parent company Centrica is about to announce profits of 2.8billionThey are also under fire over payments worth more than 10million made to departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley The PM announced gas firms will have to simplify tariffs for customers . Profit bonanza: The parent company of British Gas faces a backlash amid reports it is to announce a 15 per cent increase in profits on the back of spiralling bills for struggling customers The company is also under fire over payments to the departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley, who is predicted to walk away with a package of pay, shares and a pension pot together worth more than 10million.
Cold-call champion is victorious again: Ambulance-chasing lawyers pay up for wasting his time Richard Herman has won a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyersPreviously awarded 195 plus costs from a firm promising compensation for mis-sold PPI | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 22 December 2012 Invoice: Richard Herman is celebrating another victory over cold-callers A businessman who successfully sued cold- callers for wasting his time on the phone has scored another victory. Richard Herman, who won 195 plus court costs from a firm that promised compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance, has received a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyers. After his first win in October, Mr Herman, 53, was bombarded by phone calls from ambulance chasers promising him compensation for a road accident
300,000 will be in fuel poverty by Christmas as ministers fails to act on energy pricesFuel Poverty Advisory Group slams 'inadequate' Government initiatives Households struggling to pay bills are expected to top nine million by 2016Forcing firms to insulate homes for poorer customers will add 116 to billsMinisters are doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 The latest round of energy price rises will leave another 300,000 families struggling to pay their heating bills this Christmas, the Government's adviser on fuel poverty warns today. In a devastating report, the independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Group said Government initiatives were 'completely inadequate to tackle the scale of the problem' and warned that ministers were doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures which are forecast to send energy bills even higher. It warns that the number of households struggling to pay their bills is expected to hit more than nine million by 2016 – the date by which the last government pledged to end fuel poverty.
The cul-de-sac that's just too Christmassy: Residents put up so many festive light displays they're a drain on the power gridDorset cul-de-sac has been branded 'Britain's most festive street'Astonishing light display attracts thousand of sightseers from miles awayRunton Road uses so much electricity at night it hits the local gridEach household pays roughly an extra 50 to run the incredible display | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 13 December 2012 It started out as a bit of friendly rivalry between two neighbours at Christmas time. But the festive competition of putting up Christmas lights outside the two homes led to a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ response from the rest of the Dorset cul-de-sac
E.on customers facing 100 rise in energy bills as company becomes last of the 'big six' to raise tariffs German-owned supplier will put gas and electricity prices up on January 18 Families on dual fuel contract will pay an extra 103 on average annual bill | UPDATED: 23:41 GMT, 10 December 2012 Millions of E.on customers face an increase of more than 100 a year in energy bills after it announced a rise in tariffs. The company, which will put up prices from January 18, is the last of the ‘big six’ suppliers to hit customers with an increase. E.on blamed higher wholesale prices, coupled with the cost of cutting the nation’s carbon emissions through a shift to green energy
It's a cracker: Incredible 100,000 festive light display which takes electrician ONE MONTH to build Stunning festive display in Melksham, Wilts, takes a month to put up and costs 30,000 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 Alex Goodhind was so determined his Christmas decorations would be the best ever this year, he took more than four weeks off work to prepare them. And with more than 180,000 bulbs, a searchlight that can be seen for almost four miles and an estimated 1,000 electricity bill for the month, he certainly didn’t disappoint. Indeed, his neighbours say you can see this extraordinary collection from space
Government insists green energy drive will SAVE households 100 on gas and electricity bills by 2020 | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 29 November 2012 The Government has set out its long-term proposals for the UK energy industry today, claiming that they will keep household energy bills lower over the next decade than would the status quo. Presenting the long-delayed Energy Bill to parliament, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said utility firms would be allowed to increase the 'green' levy from 3bn to 7.6bn a year by 2020, which according to most estimates could increase annual household bills by 100. However, Mr Davey maintained that household bills would be 7 per cent or 94 a year lower by 2020 than they would have been without the Bill's proposals
What is the point of a Conservative Party if it's planning to concrete our fields | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 28 November 2012 The Conservative Party was once the party of the countryside.