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Government must protect most vulnerable from energy hikes - Swinson

July 21, 2011 2:27 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the news that Scottish & Southern Energy has become the latest gas and electricity supplier to announce a rise in prices, Jo Swinson MP, deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said:

"As predicted, other energy companies have followed Scottish Power and announced a rise in prices. Many customers will be unconvinced about the reasons for these price hikes. It still seems to be the case that the energy companies are far quicker to put prices up than they are to bring them back down.

"This is the last thing that hard pressed households will want to hear and will push thousands more Scots into fuel poverty. Ensuring measures are put in place to help meet the needs of vulnerable individuals and households must be a priority for Scottish Ministers over the course of the coming months.

"With company after company announcing price increases, it is particularly welcome that the UK Government is also taking steps to help smaller companies break into the market and end the dominance of the big six suppliers."