Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP has signalled his disappointment that British Gas are set to increase energy prices for those on standard tariffs by an average of 5.5%, equating to around £60 a year.
The rise will apply to both gas and electricity and will take affect from the 29th of May meaning that British Gas is the first of the major suppliers to increase their prices.
British Gas is the UK’s largest energy supplier and around 4.1 million customers will be affected by this price rise, with a significant number in Scotland.
The rise in producing energy, including wholesale costs, has been blamed for the rise.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“People across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire have weathered one of the worst winters in recent memory and household energy bills have spiked as a result.
“Many will be disappointed that in addition to these higher bills, British Gas have decided to pile on the misery by increasing standard tariffs by 5.5%.
“I would encourage consumers throughout Mid-Scotland and Fife to shop around for the best deal, especially in advance of the autumn and winter period when we typically use more energy.
“Many residents across the region face real hardships when it comes to heating their homes and it’s important that the UK Government continues with their plans to level the playing field by capping energy prices.”