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Editor: David Keighley
18th April 2013

Is the renewal of business energy contracts about to become something of a political football? Energy regulator Ofgem, keen to see businesses win a better deal on their energy contracts, currently limits the automatic contract 'rollover' period to 12 months and is expected to review the possibility of an outright ban next winter.

However, the Micro Businesses and Energy Contract Rollover Bill 2012-13, which seeks to limit energy contract rollovers to 30 days, is due to receive its second reading later this month - although the date is likely to be put back. The Bill is strongly supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which believes that many small businesses are often unaware of the terms relating to contract rollovers and this is being used to lock some businesses into unfair contracts.

The FSB is keen to work with Ofgem to see the rollover practice is stopped completely. And the Federation has now been told by Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna that Labour supports such a ban and would also place a one-year limit on any back-billing. For an update on the Bill's progress, visit


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