Tuesday, 6 September 2011

MSP says households 'struggling' to pay energy bills

More Scottish households are struggling to pay energy bills due to rising prices, according to an MSP.

The SNP's Jamie Hepburn has obtained figures which show bills have soared in recent years.

The average household spent about 14% of income on gas and electricity in 2009, compared with 8% in 2004-5.

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said that further increases in prices since 2009 was putting even more pressure on family budgets.

Mr Hepburn described the price increases as "scandalous" and called on the UK government to do more to help those in fuel poverty.

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