The government has today been accused of failing to protect the poorest and most vulnerable from the highest energy bills in Europe. We are getting some of the coldest weather in years. Bills have gone up by an average of 40% since January last year, and prices are unlikely to fall until the autumn. There's enough evidence on the News and online to suggest that we are being heartily screwed, and the poor/elderly/vulnerable are at the front. They can't always search around for the best deals and some may need help to understand it all anyway. By failing to tackle the Energy companies, the Guv seems to be doing nothing to help poverty nor those affected by the credit crunch. Energy companies have denied they are profiteering from the crisis which has seen gas exported from the UK to Europe amid rising prices. Bollox. Unless you're on a social tariff, Energy companies often set monthly fixed payments far higher than we would actually use. Householders opting for Gas prepayment meters are charged at least Â£2.00 a day on average and Electricity costs mostly the same. Profiteering, greed and shameful exploitation by our Energy companies, and complacence again from Guv, it seems.