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Welby slams energy firms

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has waded into the row over energy prices, warning that the latest wave of hikes looks "inexplicable" and that providers should behave morally.

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Archbishop Justin Welby: Energy firms have moral duty

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has waded into the row over energy prices, warning that the latest wave of hikes looks "inexplicable" and that providers should behave morally.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Welby insisted the Big Six companies should be "conscious of their social obligations", and "behave with generosity and not merely to maximise opportunity".

The intervention, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, came after British Gas followed in the footsteps of SSE by announcing a 9.2% increase in prices.

The head of the Church of England said: "I can understand people being angry about it, because having spent years on a low income as a clergyman I know what it is like when your household budget is blown apart by a significant extra fuel bill and your anxiety levels become very high."

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