SSE adds £73 to customers' bills with 6.9% dual fuel price hike

SSE customers have been hit with a 6.9% dual fuel bills price hike, a move that will add £73 to household costs.

The energy giant said the increase is the result of an average 14.9% electricity price increase and will impact 2.8 million customers.

The increase will come into place on April 28, SSE said.

A typical dual fuel bill will now cost SSE customers £1,142 per year and the firm is the latest of the Big Six energy suppliers to announce price hikes.

Eon, ScottishPower, Npower and EDF have all ramped up prices over the past months, hammering households already struggling with rising inflation linked to the Brexit-battered pound.

SSE blamed the rises on the increasing cost of supplying electricity, and specifically higher costs associated with delivering government programmes designed to upgrade "Britain's ageing energy infrastructure".

Eon, ScottishPower, Npower and EDF have all ramped up prices recently. Credit: PA

Will Morris, SSE's managing director for retail, said: "We deeply regret having to raise electricity prices.

"This is the first increase since 2013 and we've worked hard to keep them down for as long as possible by cutting our own costs, putting in place a winter price freeze and holding gas prices, but we have seen significant increases in electricity costs which are outside our control.

"Without an increase, we would have been supplying electricity to domestic customers at a loss."

SSE said that it will establish a £5 million fund providing "targeted financial assistance" to minimise the impact on vulnerable customers.

The Government and the energy regulator have weighed in to the debate, with Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman saying earlier this year that she is "concerned" about soaring energy bills.

Ofgem, meanwhile, has said that it does not see "any case" for significant price increases where suppliers have bought energy in advance.