Martin Lewis warns Brits not to switch energy providers as vulnerable lose money

Millions of Brits are being encouraged to switch their energy tariff, despite it costing households hundreds of pounds more.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been posting out letters telling people to change their tariff to save money.

But switching right now could cost families 30% more as the cheapest deals have been pulled.

Now Martin Lewis has urged people to "do nothing" as you'll be automatically moved to your provider's default variable tariff.

This means you'll be on a price cap, which sets a limit on the rates you pay and it's the cheapest option right now.

The message from DWP reads: "What would you do with an extra £290?

"That's how much the average consumer saved in 2020 by switching to the cheapest tariff on the market."

According to MoneySavingExpert, who first reported the issue, the letters are being sent out to vulnerable families.

The DWP confirmed to Martin's website that it will continue to send out the letters.

Citizens Advice was also referenced in the letter, with the DWP instructing Brits to contact the charity if they're struggling.

MSE says Citizens Advice has now asked the Government to correct the error.

Martin said: "We are in an extreme energy bill crisis. The logic of how to manage bills has been turned on its head.

"There has never been a time when clarity of message and action is more important.

"That's why the government mailing out an incorrect message to millions of people, including many of the nation's most vulnerable, is too big a risk to take.

"The right move for most people right now is to DO NOTHING – don't switch."

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A spokesperson from the DWP said: "This is an initiative that has been in place for a number of years to encourage switching and the latest batch of 10 million envelopes was created before the rise in energy prices. The message is simply a suggestion.

"It would've been impractical, costly and wasteful to replace the 10 million envelopes with new ones, and crucially it would potentially compromise our ability to make millions of Winter Fuel Payments before Christmas."

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