EDF Energy’s price rise yet another blow for loyal customers, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to EDF Energy announcing that it will raise the price of its standard variable dual fuel tariff by 7.2% (£78) in June.
In December 2016, the firm announced that dual fuel customers would pay 1.2% more a year on their energy bills - due to an 8.4% rise in electricity prices from March 2017.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy, said:
“This is the second price rise EDF has announced in less than 6 months and will come as another blow to its loyal customers.
“People on EDF’s standard variable tariffs are already feeling the effects of an electricity price rise that came into force last month, a fresh price hike of £78 a year will hit those already struggling.
“It’s positive that EDF will offer some of its most vulnerable customers a £100 rebate on their energy bills. But action is urgently needed across the industry to protect the poorest households from repeated price hikes.
“Extending the prepayment meter cap to credit meter customers eligible for the Warm Homes Discount would guarantee protection for millions of the poorest families and pensioners.”
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