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ScottishPower’s 7% price hike kicks in

ScottishPower's 7% price increase will takes effect from December 3rd.

ScottishPower’s price hike of 7% for gas and electricity comes into effect next Monday 3rd December.

The average household bill for a dual fuel ScottishPower customer will now go up from £1,349 to £1,368 a year, which makes it the most expensive supplier for customers on a standard tariff.

Smallest increase

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch, says: “The good news is that in real terms this increase is the smallest seen so far by the big six.

“The bad news is that it still leaves ScottishPower customers sitting on the most expensive standard tariff on the market – and that means they are paying far more for their energy than they need to.

Ms Robinson advises people to ‘control the impact’ of the price rises by ensuring they are paying as little as possible:

“There’s more than £300 a year difference between the cheapest and the most expensive energy tariff on the market – all you have to do is shop around.

“Consumers can boost this saving further by taking advantage of some of the free or low-cost home insulation offers currently available – this will help them to reduce the amount of energy they use, cutting their bills down even further.”

“However, people cannot afford to hang around. The cost of the most competitive energy plans is creeping steadily upwards while competitive home insulation offers are gradually disappearing ahead of an end-of-December deadline. These two steps will help you to save money so I would urge consumers not to miss out.”

Average price changes

All of the UK’s major energy suppliers raised their prices, apart from E.ON, which has frozen its prices until January next year.


Supplier Date effective Date updated on uSwitch Average gas price change (%) Average electricity price change (%)
EDF Energy 07/12/2012 26/11/2012 10.8% 10.8%
scottishpower 03/12/2012 15/10/2012 7% 7%
npower 26/11/2012 12/10/2012 8.8% 9%
British Gas 16/11/2012 12/10/2012 6% 6%
ovo 15/10/2012 22/08/2012 9% 9%