Ministers: Time to engage with energy consumers

Prime minister David Cameron and energy secretary Chris Huhne, writing on, outline their approach before today's energy summit:

"Energy bills have increased by more than £100 for most people since this summer. These price rises couldn't come at a worse time for consumers who are already feeling the pinch from rising petrol prices and the cost of the weekly shop.

"Today we are bringing together the industry, consumer groups and Ofgem for an energy summit that will focus on getting people the help they need to reduce their bills in time for this winter.

"Our intention is for today's summit to be the start of a much more active engagement with consumers, with us all working harder and faster to deliver an energy market that is trusted, simple and transparent. A market that puts the consumer first and gets these energy bills down as much as possible.

"We are determined that everything that can be done will be done to help people bring their energy bills down."