Bri­tish Gas leaks an­gry cus­tomers


BRI­TISH Gas has suf­fered an ex­o­dus of cus­tomers as it im­poses a 12.5 per cent rise in elec­tric­ity prices.

An es­ti­mated 150,000 homes are be­lieved to have switched to cheaper ri­vals since the hike was an­nounced on Au­gust 1.

The en­ergy gi­ant’s move, which came into ef­fect on Friday, has added £76 a year to the av­er­age fuel bill for 3.1 mil­lion house­holds.

It now stands to lose up to £168mil­lion a year in lost cus­tom. Mark Todd, founder of price com­par­i­son ser­vice En­er­gy­helpline, said: “Cus­tomers have clearly had enough.” Bri­tish Gas, which sup­plies seven mil­lion homes, said: “The stan­dard tar­iff is one of the cheap­est in the mar­ket.”

It comes a week af­ter we re­vealed the com­pany spent £55,000 send­ing 390 bosses to Alton Tow­ers, Staffs, for a two-day “work­ing con­fer­ence”.

JOLLY Alton Tow­ers trip

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