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Energy price cap increase will 'hit the poorest hardest'

Responding to news the energy price cap is to increase  by £96 for default tariff customers, and by £87 for pre-payment meter customers, Citizens Advice Scotland Fair Markets spokesperson Kate Morrison said

“The energy price cap increasing in March will hit the poorest consumers the hardest.

“The pandemic has seen all of us stay at home more - the result of that is more time with the heating on and higher bills as a result.

“With 1 in 4 households in Scotland already in fuel poverty, and a growing problem with fuel debt, increasing the cap could see more people struggle.

“With this rise coming at the same time as plans to end the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit, consumers will face a perfect storm of reduced incomes and higher bills later this year.

“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is here to help people who are struggling with free, confidential and impartial advice, last year we unlocked £170m for people through reducing bills, employment entitlements and access to benefits and grants.”