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Scottish Power 'unable to shield customers' from costs

Scottish Power said it was forced to raise bills because it "can no longer continue to shield our customers" from cost increases.

Scottish Power said it was forced to raise bills because it "can no longer continue to shield our customers" from cost increases. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Neil Clitheroe, Scottish Power's chief executive for Energy Retail & Generation, said the company's costs have risen across the board for buying gas and electricity, supplying it to homes and dealing with customers.

"I find it very difficult having to increase our prices," Clitheroe said. "Each of these costs have been rising over the course of this year, and we have now reached a point where we can no longer continue to shield our customers from these increases."

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ScottishPower price rises 'driven by increasing costs'

ScottishPower said the average duel fuel bill for its customer will increase by £113 per year due to increasing costs.

The price rises are primarily driven by the:

  • 7% increase in wholesale energy costs
  • 11% rise in the costs of delivering energy to customers' homes
  • 16% increase in the costs to support compulsory social and environmental schemes

Fuel duty protests - Full report

Independent fuel retailers are urging drivers to lobby their MPs to demand a freeze on fuel tax.

They've teamed up with the pressure group "The Taxpayers' Alliance" to highlight just how much of what we pay at the pump goes straight to the Government.

Petrol station owners say high prices are hurting them just as much as their customers, as Ryan Dollard reports.

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Fuel duty campaign

The TaxPayer's Alliance (TPA) is ramping up pressure on the government to cut duty on fuel. Together with the Petrol Retailer's Association (PRA) they are setting up stands on 5,000 independent forecourts around the country today to ask motorists to lobby local MP's.

Sixty pence in every pound spent on petrol or diesel in the UK goes directly to the treasury.The UK has the highest tax component of unleaded petrol in the EU.

Coach company director welcomes fuel freeze

Businesses in the region have welcomed the Chancellor's decision to postpone a planned 3 pence rise in fuel duty.

It had been due to go up in August, but will now be frozen until the end of the year.

ITV Business Club member Chris Reay, Managing Director of Reay's Coaches in Carlisle says it's given their firm a big boost in challenging times.

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