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Energy companies poised to raise tariffs again

Energy companies are poised to exacerbate conditions for consumers who are already struggling with rising day to day living costs with further increases to tariffs this year, it has been claimed. According to energyhelpline, the average family's gas bill is set to rise as a result of wholesale gas prices doubling recently. This in turn could drive the typical gas bill up from £665 to £1,091 per year, the site predicts. Last night Mark Todd, director of website, told the Mirror: "If the wholesale price is passed to the consumer, the UK could be facing a whopping 64 per cent rise in gas prices." News of the increases comes after UK energy companies have already introduced double digit increases on their tariffs, despite an outcry from consumer groups who questioned the justification for the rises given the huge operating profits reported by the firms. Price comparison sites have urged consumers affected by the increases to shop around for a better deal with an alternative provider.

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