Apologies up front this is a rant, but also wondered if anybody else on the forum has had this problem. So my BG bill drops on the mat last week, and I am £280 in credit. This is good I think as winter is about to start. Then I see that my direct debit is propose to go up from £60 per month to £88 per month. So I phone up British Gas and say I would like to continue to pay £60 per month. Their response, well we have calculated your usage, and with the increase in prices and based on last years annual usage, you need to pay more. I say, no I have taken measures to save heating, and I will use less heat to compensate for the rise in prices. I will also use my open fire more. I also expect prices to now fall, as the Gas prices should follow the Crude Oil price. They say that their system cannot do that!!! Only option was to come off DD and pay quarterly, and lose the DD discount. I cannot believe that BG can give me no other option, and that their systems have no options to override. Is this a way for BG to fund themselves with our money, as it is more difficult to get credit from the banks? Anyway I have now gone to paying quarterly, and will pay at the last possible moment, just to make me feel better. A small stand perhaps, but if I am not the only one who now takes this approach perhaps eventually they will change it.