Steve Hawkes, The Sun's Business Editor, has tweeted that energy provider npower is expected to follow British Gas and announce a hike in prices.
Here we go: Npower to up gas/elec bills this afternoon. And im hearing higher than 6pc..
– Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
Money from the poor is going to the pockets of Centrica shareholders. This is further shameful abuse by out of control, greedy fuel companies, sitting on piles of profit.
Alongside the Government's punish the poor strategy, millions of households will be forced further and further down the path to poverty.
It is high time that the Government intervened to take back from these grasping companies. Why is it that when wholesale fuel prices go up, these companies take from customers, yet, when wholesale prices go down, they still take from customers?
– Mike Jeram of Unison
It will be a long, cold winter for many pensioners, the unemployed and for low paid workers and their families.
Just days ago we learnt that the cost of fruit and vegetables have gone up by a massive 50% in the last year. Any increase in energy prices is likely to tip more families into debt and into the hands of unscrupulous pay-day loan companies...This is a crisis in the making and the Government needs to tackle fuel poverty head-on or we will see the number of deaths from cold rising over the winter.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch, said the price increase by British Gas would leave many households facing a winter where they are "scared to turn on heating for fear of the cost".
The energy minister Greg Barker and his Labour shadow Tom Greatrex have argued over Twitter about the issue of energy prices:
.@gregbarkermp so why run away from grown up discussion on important issue then ?
Energy minister Greg Barker has told Daybreak that 'there are no easy answers' to lowering gas prices.
– Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy
Many British Gas customers will find the possibility of a price rise really frightening.
Bill increases throw already stretched budgets into turmoil - with people forced to find more ways to scrimp and save.
But there are things that people can do to save money on their fuel bills.
British Gas managing director Phil Bentley has said rising costs that are largely outside the company's control but which make up most tariffs, were to blame for the announced 6 percent price hike.
– British Gas managing director Phil Bentley
Britain's North Sea gas supplies are running out, and British Gas has to pay the going rate for gas in a competitive global marketplace.
Furthermore, the investment needed to maintain and upgrade the national grid to deliver energy to our customers' homes, and the costs of the Government's policies for a clean, energy-efficient Britain, are all going up.
British Gas, the country's biggest energy provider, has announced it will increase domestic gas and electricity tariffs by an average of 6% from November 16.