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Millions of Britons are expected to be forced to choose between “eating and heating” this winter as energy prices rise by up to ten percent, a financial expert has warned.|
Martin Lewis, of the Moneysavingexpert website, said the energy price hike means it is heat or eat for many people across the UK in the coming winter months.
Energy giant SSE announced on Thursday that it would be hiking electricity and gas prices by 8.2 percent next month.
The company said its average annual dual fuel energy bill would increase by £106 to £1,380 a year.
SSE’s price rise is expected to affect some 4.4 million household electricity customers and 2.9 million gas users in Britain.
Other members of the UK’s Big Six suppliers, including Scottish Power, Centrica, EDF, E.ON and npower, are also expected to follow suit.
“Many households are facing a daily battle to try to make their frozen incomes cover mounting energy, food and travel costs. Further increases will push people into poverty,” said Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy.
Earlier in September, Britain's biggest energy giant British Gas also said it was planning a price hike of up to 8 percent, in a move that could raise family energy bills by £100 a year.
The average dual fuel bill is estimated to increase to a record of nearly £1,450 in the case of energy tariffs’ hike by the UK's biggest provider.