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

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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.