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'Horrifying' price cap rise should not go ahead

Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the announcement that the energy price cap is to increase to £3,549 per year from October,

CAS Chief Executive Derek Mitchell said:

“This increase should not go ahead. It is absolutely horrifying for people who are hanging on by a thread financially.

“CABs are on the frontline of the cost of living crisis, and what they are seeing all across the country is that people literally cannot afford another big increase in bills.

“The frightening truth is that people face the very real prospect of freezing or starving this winter without help. We already see a link between demand for energy advice and food insecurity advice, demand for both is rising – even before the weather turns cold.

“We need to see urgent and radical action from policy makers. This crisis is on the scale of the pandemic and it needs a similar level of response.  That means no increase to the price cap, additional targeted support for the most vulnerable and support for advice services like CABs.”