Npower price rise “hard to stomach”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to npower’s announcement that it is raising prices for approximately 1 million standard variable dual fuel customers. Npower is the fourth of the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers to raise the price of its standard variable tariff (SVT) in recent weeks, following similar moves from British Gas, EDF and Scottish Power.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said:
“At a time when many energy customers are struggling with their bills, this price rise will be hard to stomach for the approximately 1 million customers affected.
“The price rise won’t affect customers who have switched to a fixed rate deal. But our research shows that vulnerable customers, including the elderly and people with mental health problems, are among those least likely to switch. This means that many vulnerable customers could be disproportionately affected by this hike.
“Anyone who is not happy with their energy supplier should think about switching to a new supplier or a better deal.”
Citizens Advice energy price comparison tool
Citizens Advice provides an independent comparison of energy tariffs, alongside a customer service star rating, at energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk.
Notes to editors
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