Tom Greatrex MP, Labour's Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on the announcement that SSE will increase electricity and gas prices by 9% on 15 October 2012, said:
"Hard-pressed families and pensioners struggling to make ends meet thanks to the double-dip recession made in Downing Street, will be astonished that SSE, who have seen their profits increase, are now imposing another round of price hikes.
“At a time when we need huge investment in our clean energy infrastructure, it’s more important than ever that we have a competitive energy market that delivers fair prices. But the Government's Energy Bill does nothing to reform the energy market. There is nothing to break the dominance of the energy giants, nothing to simplify tariffs, and nothing to protect vulnerable customers from being ripped off.
“Unless ministers get to grips with spiralling energy bills, people will rightly think that this Government is completely out of touch with families and pensioners struggling to make ends meet.”