Gas and electricity Updated:
Scottish Power has just announced its plans to raise dual-fuel energy bills by an average of 8.6%, making it the fourth of the big six to increase its rates.
The increase will be made up of an 8.5% rise to gas prices and 9% rise to electricity, with average householders seeing their duel-fuel bill rise by £113 per year. The changes will come into effect on 6 December and will affect around 2.2 million Scottish Power customers, but those in different parts of the country will see different rates rises.
As with other energy providers, Scottish Power is blaming the increase on a combination of the higher costs of wholesale energy, of delivering it to customers' homes and of various Government environmental and social schemes, saying it had "no option" but to increase tariffs.
This latest increase comes amid tough political debate over energy bills and just after the Government announced plans to review green levies and their impact on bills.
It also comes just days after Scottish Power was fined £8.5 million by Ofgem for misleading customers during sales approaches after a failure to "adequately train and monitor" staff.
This means just two of the major energy providers have yet to announce price rises, with speculation mounting over just when and how much they'll be. Customers are being urged to shop around to find a cheaper tariff and fix before it's too late.
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