Octopus Energy calls on Ofgem to clamp down on payment penalty for careful customers

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Octopus Energy, the UK’s third largest energy supplier, calls on Ofgem to end payment penalties sooner for standard credit customers, after it confirmed that it wouldn’t make changes until 2024/25.

Today the company releases evidence showing that three quarters of customers (75%) who pay by cash, cheque or card for their energy don’t realise they are being charged much more than customers who pay by direct debit*.

The research also shows that this charge disproportionately affects older people. Almost a third (28%) of people – the largest cohort – who pay via cheque or cash are over 65.

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