SCOTTISH Power has become the fifth energy supplier in a matter of days to announce prices hikes of £117 a year, which will affect 900,000 customers.
From April 1, the supplier will up prices by 10 per cent taking the average annual gas and electricity bill from £1,137 to £1,254.
Prepayment meter customers will also see prices rise by £106 (9 per cent) taking average dual fuel bills from £1,136 a year to £1,242.
So far, all of the providers have upped prices to the same levels as energy regulator Ofgem’s new standard variable and prepayment meter price caps, which take force from April 1.
Scottish Power had no comment to add when The Sun contacted it.
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Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at price comparison website uSwitch.com, said: “Five of the big six energy companies have now confirmed their price rises less than two weeks after Ofgem announced it is raising the level of the cap.
“Standard tariffs are not value for money, with or without a cap, and Scottish Power customers have been given a harsh reminder of this today.
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FIRSTLY, you’ll need to have a recent bill to hand. This will have all the details you need, including the name of your tariff and your recent spending on gas
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