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|Recent cuts to household energy prices
"barely scratch the surface" when it comes to the increased number
of people in the UK living in fuel poverty, according to
The consumer group asserted that while average household energy
bills are set to fall by 4.3 per cent in the coming months, these
decreases wipe out only 15 per cent of the total price hikes made
While the average annual household energy bill in January 2008 was
£912, it is estimated this will now total £1,237 - after a £56
"To cash-strapped consumers this 4.3 per cent - or £56 dip in energy
prices - will seem like a drop in the ocean, especially when
compared with last year's 42 per cent or £381 price hike," said Ann
Robinson, director of consumer policy at
However, she added that consumers who sign up to pay their energy
bills by direct debit and switch to a cheaper supplier could cut up
to £350 off their energy bill if they shop around for the best deal.
Earlier this week, npower, which has 6.8 million customers, cut its
electricity prices by 7.2 per cent - following similar cuts from the
other five major energy suppliers in the UK.
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