Yet more energy price increases for 2013.

It’s official – the UK’s major energy suppliers will raise prices, announcing an 8.2% increase in domestic bills, meaning the average annual dual fuel energy bill will rise by £106 to £1,380.

Citizens Advice is expecting an “avalanche” of increases but has called on the other energy firms to freeze prices.  “This price rise will be a blow for stretched budgets,” said the charity’s chief executive Gillian Guy.  Tell us something we didn’t know.

“I hope other energy firms show an understanding of their customers’ financial situation by not raising their prices this winter.  Many households are facing a daily battle try to make their frozen incomes cover mounting energy, food and travel costs. Further increases will push people into poverty.”  SSE’s price rises will affect about 4.4 million domestic electricity customers and 2.9 million domestic gas customers.  Roughly 11% of a customer’s bill goes towards government programmes to save energy, reduce emissions and tackle climate change, according to regulator Ofgem.

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