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Green Britain: Millions Of Families Struggle To Heat Their Homes

Esther Shaw and Helen Massy-Beresford, Sunday Express

CRIPPLING energy price hikes could see nearly two thirds of households struggle to adequately heat their homes this winter, experts say.

If the five other big energy suppliers follow the lead of SSE and raise their gas and electricity prices by a similar amount, it is predicted that the average dual fuel bill would rocket to just under £1,500 a year from £1,353.
Eon, Scottish Power, EDF Energy, nPower and British Gas are expected to announce their new tariffs shortly.Last week, SSE said that annual dual fuel bills would go up by an average of 8.2 per cent from mid-November.Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch, said: “This is dangerously close to the tipping point of £1,500, beyond which 59 per cent of households will be going without adequate heating and 36 per cent will be forced to turn their heating off entirely.”

The SSE price increase announcement came as the warm weather gave way last week to colder temperatures.

It sparked fears that consumers suffering from static wages and rising prices will have to choose between heating their homes and paying other bills.

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