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Scottish and Southern price hike to hit millions

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Energy company Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has put up its fuel prices for the second time this year.

From 1 May, its domestic customers will see their gas bills rise by 16.5 per cent and electricity bills by 9.4 per cent.

The company supplies energy to 6.1 million customers across the UK through its various brands including Southern Electric, Swalec and Scottish Hydro Electric.

It’s the latest in a series of price hikes this year following rises from British Gas, Powergen, Scottish Power, EDF and Npower.

SSE, which has blamed its increases on the soaring cost of wholesale electricity and gas, has pledged to now freeze prices until at least the start of 2007.

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SSE Energy Supply Director Alistair Phillips-Davies said: ‘The impact of high wholesale energy prices can only be absorbed for so long and we have delayed this price increase for as long as possible.’

This latest rise from SSE is its second of 2006. On New Year’s Day, the company put up domestic gas bills by 13.6 per cent – or around GBP 50 on the average bill – and electricity charges by 12 per cent – about GBP 30.

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