Energy bills to go up by 9%

Britain's second largest energy firm SSE has said it will increase gas and elecricity tariffs by an average of 9% in October. It is blaming price increases in wholesale markets, as well as rising costs of using the National Grid network.

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SSE customers 'disgusted' by price hikes

SSE customers have told ITV News on our Facebook page that they are "disgusted" by the energy company's plans to increase tariffs by an average of 9%.

Robert Nicholas: "Totally disgusting to be honest. I am supposed to be on a fixed price till 2014 hope they do not up my bills!!!"

Mark O'Neill: "Extortionate at a time when people are already struggling. Should be CUTTING their rates by 9%."

Linda Keeler: "Oh great. Less money for food again. They only just held/cut tarriffs too. How can they justify 9% that's 3 times higher than inflation (4 times higher than my Benefits Increase each year).

Calls for Government to reform energy market

Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, called on the Government to reform the energy market ahead of the expected raft of price rises.

We can't go through another winter with people worrying about their energy bills. The Government and the regulator must reform our broken energy market.

It's time for energy prices to be properly transparent and tariffs to be made simpler, so that consumers get a fair deal.

Other energy companies 'could follow SSE rises'

SSE is the first of the "big six" to raise prices this year, but it is thought others might follow suit soon, with British Gas parent Centrica recently warning wholesale price rises may lead to higher bills this autumn.

When one moves others follow, and over the next three months I'd expect to see similar announcements.

– Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com

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Government needs to 'get to grips with spiralling energy bills'

Hard-pressed families and pensioners struggling to make ends meet thanks to the double-dip recession made in Downing Street, will be astonished that SSE, who have seen their profits increase, are now imposing another round of price hikes.

At a time when we need huge investment in our clean energy infrastructure, it’s more important than ever that we have a competitive energy market that delivers fair prices.

But the Government's Energy Bill doesnothing to reform the energy market. There is nothing to break the dominance ofthe energy giants, nothing to simplify tariffs, and nothing to protectvulnerable customers from being ripped off.

Unless ministers get to grips with spiralling energy bills, people will rightly think that this Government is completely out of touch with families and pensioners struggling to make ends meet.

– Tom Greatrex, shadow energy minister

SSE to introduce 'simple standing charge tariff structure'

How will the price rise affect you?

SSE said the 9% rise, which applies across gas and electricity, will add another £8.53 a month on to the typical monthly direct debit, dual fuel customer - taking the average annual bill to £1,274.

The group committed in January to keeping household bills on hold until October.

Unfortunately, the increases in costs that we have seen since making this pledge can no longer be absorbed and mean that we are unable to keep prices at their current levels beyond this autumn.

An increase in our prices has therefore, regrettably, become unavoidable.

– Ian Marchant, SSE chief executive

SSE, which trades as Southern Electric, Swalec and Scottish Hydro, said it had seen a 14% increase year-on-year in the average price in the wholesale market to secure gas for the coming winter.

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