Citizens Advice questions British Gas price rises

By agency reporter
April 11, 2018

Citizens Advice has responded to British Gas’s announcement of 10 April 2018 that the supplier is raising prices for customers on a standard variable tariff by 5.5 per cent - an average of £60.

Victoria MacGregor, Director of Energy at Citizens Advice, said: “There are serious question marks over whether these price rises are genuinely justified.

“British Gas recycles Ofgem’s reasoning for recently increasing the prepayment meter price cap, saying that wholesale and policy cost increases are to blame for today’s price hikes. But today’s announcement will see affected customers paying on average between £47 and £72 per year more than the prepayment meter cap - even though it’s cheaper to serve customers who pay by cheque or direct debit.  

“Today’s price rise re-emphasises the need for the Government to act quickly and bring in its cap on poor value default tariffs.”

* Citizens Advice


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