National Energy Action chief executive Jenny Saunders said: "We welcome today's announcement by British Gas that it will cut its standard tariff electricity prices by ten per cent. It is a move that we estimate will lift 26,600 people out of fuel poverty.
"Any cut in fuel bills is good news for the 5.1m households across the UK that spend more than ten per cent of their income on energy and cannot afford to heat their homes adequately.
"This cut will make a difference, but average dual fuel bills are still a third higher now than they were in January 2008.
"We will continue to push the Government to introduce a mandatory social tariff that will reduce confusion and make sure that customers get the best possible deal.
"If people are worried about paying their bills they should contact the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to get expert advice on existing social tariffs and simple energy saving measures."