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SSE adds to gas and electricity price rise pain

SSE adds to gas and electricity price rise pain

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 21/07/2011
First Published: 21/07/2011

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Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has become the latest gas and electricity provider to add to the price rise pain of homeowners.

Prices for household electricity will increase by an average of 11%, and for household gas by 18%, on 14 September 2011.

The move comes after domestic tariffs at British Gas for gas are being increased by an average of 18%, and for electricity by an average of 16%, on 18 August 2011.

Of the other major energy suppliers, Scottish Power confirmed in June that it would be increasing gas and electricity prices for retail customers by 19% and 10% respectively.

SSE last increased electricity prices in August 2008 and gas prices in December 2010.

Following this latest increase, the company has promised not to implement another household energy price increase before August 2012 at the earliest.

Around 5.2 million household electricity customers and around 3.6 million household gas customers in Great Britain will be affected by the price hike.

Based on the typical annual household gas and electricity consumption, SSE's typical dual fuel bill will be £1,265, a rise of more than 15% on the £1,094 payable at present.

The company blamed increases in both fixed charges and energy unit prices for having to put its prices up.

Mike O'Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus, said knowing another price rise was round the corner will not soften its impact for customers.

"This increase heaps more pressure onto already cash-strapped consumers and will tip many thousands more people into fuel poverty," he added.

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