SSE price rise “extremely disheartening”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to SSE’s announcement that 2.36m customers will be hit with a £76 increase on their energy bills.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said:
“It’s extremely disheartening to see SSE join the rest of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in raising prices for its standard variable customers.
“Today’s price hike risks hitting those who can least afford it. We know that those stuck on poor value standard variable tariffs are often the elderly, people with mental health problems and those on low incomes.
“While the government’s proposed price cap should deliver much needed protections for energy customers in the future, customers who are unhappy with their current energy supplier or tariff should consider switching now.”
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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