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As energy companies are grilled by MPs about their profits and bonuses as they raise prices once again Rob Shelley has been hearing how one Welsh family is struggling to keep up with winter fuel costs.
North Wales MP Albert Owen asked Ian Peters from British Gas why energy bosses are getting huge bonuses.
The boss of the company which owns the energy firm Swalec has defended his firm's profits saying that without them it wouldn't be able to employ so many people. William Morris was amongst the energy chiefs quizzed by MPs about price rises today.
Bosses from the "Big Six" energy companies are due to give evidence later today to the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee where they are expected to be grilled by MPs.
Their appearance follows a statement by the Prime Minister's official spokesman who said it was up to the energy companies to justify their charges to consumers amid the latest round of price rises.
Bosses from the UK's six largest energy providers will be grilled by MPs today about recent price hikes.
Four of the companies have announced rises to average dual fuel energy bills:
- SSE - up by 8.2 percent for 10 million customer
- British Gas - up by 9.2 percent for 7.8 million customers
- RWE npower - up by 10.4 percent for 3.1 million customers
- ScottishPower - up by 7 percent for 2.2 million customers
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SSE's Managing Director, who is due to face MPs later today, explains why customers are experiencing a 8.3 percent increase in their bills.