Price rise announcement “a bitter blow for loyal EDF customers”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to EDF Energy’s announcement that it is raising the price of its Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) by 6%. This follows a previous price rise of 1.4% announced in April.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said:
“This price rise is a bitter blow for loyal EDF Energy customers, who will be dismayed to hear their bills are going up yet again.
“Anyone would struggle to afford two price hikes in three months. But groups including the elderly, people on low incomes and those with disabilities will be particularly hard hit as they are least likely to switch supplier.
“While the government’s proposed price cap should protect customers from the worst of these tariffs, anyone who isn’t happy with their energy company should think about switching tariff or supplier.”
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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