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Energy and Post Watchdogs Protest at PAC's 'Feeble' Tag

Magazine article Public Finance

Energy and Post Watchdogs Protest at PAC's 'Feeble' Tag

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The watchdogs in the energy and postal industries, Energywatch and Postwatch, have hit back after being branded 'feeble' by the Commons Public Accounts Committee in a report this week.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said that five years after their creation Only a tiny proportion of the public' had heard of the two bodies in spite of continuing dissatisfaction with services.

Energywatch said that it was surprised by the 'stark conclusion' from the PAC report. 'We believe we have become even more effective for consumers since the PAC inquiry in January 2005 and, conseguently, are struggling to recognise the descriptions given,' it said.

Postwatch said that while the report 'makes a number of important points', much of the information on which its conclusions were based was now out of date. …

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