Gas and electricity Updated:
SSE has announced that gas and electricity prices will rise by an average of 8.2%, with the increase coming into effect from 15th November.
The energy giant says the change is in response to the higher costs of buying wholesale energy and of delivering it to customers' homes, as well as various Government levies and social schemes, all of which have increased over the last twelve months.
About 4.4 million electricity customers and 2.9 million gas customers will be affected by the change, with the average cost of a standard dual fuel energy bill set to rise to £1,224. Those on fixed price tariffs won't be affected.
This figure is only an average and customers in different parts of the country will notice variations, with those in the North and Central Scotland, for example, seeing the smallest increase of 7%, whilst customers in the South East will see the biggest rise of 9.7%.
SSE has apologised to customers for having to make the changes and has pledged not to increase rates again before autumn 2014.
The increases have been criticised by politicians and come in the wake of Ed Milliband's pledge to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour wins the next election.
Business and energy minister Michael Fallon is said to be "disappointed" by SSE's decision to raise its prices and has urged consumers to shop around to find the cheapest tariff for their needs.
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