Almost 300,000 people have been hit with energy price hike

Almost 300,000 people have been hit with energy price hike after being put on to more expensive deals after their supplier went bust Happens when supplier collapses and they move on to standard variable tariffs Which? said 283,000 of 925,000 customers were shifted to SVTs in 18 months  Charity said customers are facing lottery on where they will be moved by Ofgem

By Glen Keogh For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:18 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 01:18 BST, 1 July 2019

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More than a quarter-of-a-million energy customers have been moved on to more expensive deals because their suppliers have gone bust, it has emerged. 

Consumer charity Which? said customers had been hit by substantial price hikes through no fault of their own when their supplier collapsed and they were placed onto standard variable tariffs (SVT).

Some customers were hit by overnight price hikes of hundreds of pounds, a report published today found.

Which? said that 283,000 of the 925,000 energy customers whose supplier failed in the past 18 months were shifted onto SVTs - often the most expensive deal on the market.

It said some customers had even reported being threatened with bailiffs over debts to a failed supplier.

More than a quarter-of-a-million energy customers have been moved on to more expensive deals because their suppliers have gone bust, it has emerged (file photo)

More than a quarter-of-a-million energy customers have been moved on to more expensive deals because their suppliers have gone bust, it has emerged (file photo)

The charity said customers are left facing a lottery on whether they will be moved by Ofgem, the regulator, to a cheap or expensive deal if their supplier goes bust.

New tests for suppliers are due to start on Friday. Which? is demanding that these are ‘sufficiently

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