Age UK chair defends controversial E.ON pensioner tariff

The Guardian:

The chair of Age UK has refused to apologise for offering elderly people a controversial energy tariff with power firm E.ON and described it as an “outstanding deal”.

In the charity’s most significant comments since the scandal broke a week ago, a defiant Dianne Jeffrey defended Age UK’s commercial activities, which brought in more than £100m last year – more than double the donations it attracted.

Age UK has been under scrutiny since it emerged that the charity was promoting an energy package from E.ON that cost elderly people £1,049, which is £245 more than the utility group’s cheapest rate.