Energy bills rise for OAPs

Last updated at 09:02 18 March 2005

Around 150,000 elderly customers with energy giant Powergen will see their bills increase from today after the company announced price hikes of 8.9 per cent for electricity and 9.6 per cent for gas.

The firm announced the rises in November, but it said it delayed the impact for customers on its Age Concern tariff until now to ensure the increases did not bite during the winter months.

The tariff is open to all customers but mainly taken up by people aged over 60.

As well as a reduced gas price, the package also includes two low-energy light bulbs, 12 months' supply of carbon monoxide detectors and a free hypothermia thermometer.

Last November's increase in gas bills was Powergen's third of the year and meant prices soared by 17.6 per cent.

It was also the second electricity rise by the company, which has around six million customers. A 6.9 per cent increase in electricity bills was announced January last year.

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