It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more

What does the Consumer Markets Green Paper mean for utilities?

Putting the government’s rhetoric on markets into action Last week’s publication of the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s long-awaited attempt to set out how government can ensure consumers can get a better deal. The document – with roots going back nearly two years – sets outRead more

The nightmare after Christmas

The festive period feels like a long time ago for many of us, but the financial wreckage of Christmas sales still feels fresh on the high street. Concerns over the precarious state of Britain’s languishing consumer economy have intensified this week as several big retailers shocked investors with reports of weak Christmas sales. Marks andRead more

Place your bets: Government consults on gambling reforms

And they’re off! Shares in the gambling sector have rallied, following the publication of the government’s long-awaited recommendation on gambling yesterday.  Investors across the sector have responded to an apparent decision by government to kick a reform of the gambling industry in to the long grass, following the launch of a further consultation on fixed-oddsRead more

The UK election result and what it means for competition in the retail energy market

The General Election campaign was hardly short of energy policies and several pages of party manifestos were dedicated to the parties’ respective plans for the sector. The Conservatives may have fallen short of an overall majority, but they look set to form a government with support from the DUP, so their manifesto still provides theRead more

Where next for energy investors?

Potential price cap and consumer measures At the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, the Prime Minister signalled her intention to take further measures to bring down energy prices for consumers. Backbench Tory MP John Penrose has suggested a relative price cap which would limit the difference companies were allowed to charge between their cheapest deals and theirRead more

The end of the gig economy?

The ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as employees rather than self-employed contractors is the latest development in a long-running debate about the nature of the flexible workforce in the UK. The growth of the so-called ‘gig economy’, whereby workers are contracted on a temporary basis or for short-term or flexible engagement, has meantRead more