En­ergy prices ‘an in­creas­ing con­cern for house­holds’

Sur­vey: Poll re­veals wor­ries as Bri­tish Gas tar­iff hike comes into ef­fect adding £76 a year to bill for the aver­age home

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Vicky shaw

House­holds are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about en­ergy prices, ac­cord­ing to the Which? con­sumer group.

More than half of all peo­ple sur­veyed (56%) in Septem­ber be­lieve en­ergy prices should be a key pri­or­ity for politi­cians – up by five per­cent­age points from April, when sim­i­lar re­search was con­ducted.

The find­ings were re­leased just af­ter a tar­iff hike pre­vi­ously an­nounced by Bri­tish Gas came into ef­fect this week, adding £76 a year to the aver­age an­nual dual fuel bill.

Sim­i­lar an­nounce­ments have pre­vi­ously been made by other providers.

In Which?’s re­search, based on a UK sur­vey of more than 2,000 peo­ple, only so­cial care for older peo­ple (68%) was ranked as a higher con­cern for par­tic­i­pants.

Ad­dress­ing fi­nan­cial fraud and scams (40%) and en­sur­ing peo­ple save enough for re­tire­ment (22%) were also key for con­sumers.

Which? said the en­ergy mar­ket should be tack­led as a top pri­or­ity.

Alex Neill, Which? man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of home prod­ucts and ser­vices, said: “Con­sumers are sick of the end­less de­bate about en­ergy prices and want ac­tion im­me­di­ately.”

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