British Gas is expected to lose its boss. The managing director of British Gas, Phil Bentley, is expected to leave the company within the next few months. This announcement comes just as the parent company of British Gas, Centrica, revealed its plans for a “strategic review”.
For those who don’t know, Mr. Phil Bentley became a member of the Centrica family back in 2000. By 2007, he was handed his role at British Gas and has been there ever since. So far, Centrica has declined to come forward and comment on Mr. Bentley’s departure.
Of course, losing its managing director is not the only reason why British Gas has been in the news as of late. In fact, the company has been a focal point of criticism ever since it announced that it would be raising household energy bills. This was bad news to the 15.8 million consumers that British Gas is serving. To make matters even worse, most of these consumers are already having trouble paying their energy bills.
The increase to household bills all started back in November when the company announced that it would increase household bills by 6%. This was a rise that the company blamed on the cost for “upgrading the UK’s gas and electricity grid”. On top of that, British Gas also said that the rising cost of wholesale gas prevents them from being able to keep bills from rising anymore. That being said, the company is expected to announce profits of close to £575 million.
It is not that people don’t want companies to turn a profit. In fact, most people want businesses to be successful. However, consumers have a hard time “pulling” for companies to do well when they are struggling to get by. Why should consumers be the ones suffering to stay warm this winter while energy companies continue to line their pockets with people’s hard-earned money?
Right now, people in the UK have very little control over their energy bills. Switching companies does not offer much savings since all of the Big Six energy companies have increased their rates. With people struggling to pay their bills, they cannot even afford to make their homes more energy efficient to save what little bit of money they can.
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