“From ripping off customers to ripping off taxpayers”
Electricity bills went up 16 per cent, and gas by 20 per cent after Volker Beckers took over in January 2010 as chief executive of the German-owned Npower, one of the big six energy companies. The company was criticised by the Commons energy committee over its ‘excessive’ profits. In 2011, they made £313 million.
Today, Beckers took on a new role, as a £20,000 a year part time member of the HMRC Scrutiny Committee. John Robertson MP, a member of the energy committee, is not impressed. “I hope this is not a sign of things to come – from ripping off customers at Npower to ripping off taxpayers at HMRC,” he said.
“Sadly I’m not surprised that HMRC, which has done a terrible job scrutinising the Big Six, has now appointed one of the biggest culprits to the Scrutiny committee. I’d like to know exactly what he will be doing for his £20,000 a year.”
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