Residents face 100% energy bill rise
West of England residents are losing out in the “grossly unfair” postcode lottery on electricity standing charges, says Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is calling on the Government to step in to level the playing field.
According to new data released by Ofgem, the amount local people in the West will pay in electricity standing charges will rise to 49p a day from April - up 25p a day - a whopping 101% increase. In contrast, in London, the rise is just 8p a day.
In a letter to the Government, he said: “The ‘line rental’ for electricity is going through the roof in the West of England. But that’s not true everywhere. We aren’t asking for special treatment but for the pain to be spread fairly across the UK. It’s just not fair otherwise. Already local people are facing eye-watering energy bills. It shouldn’t be the case that you have to pay even more based simply on where we live. But sadly, this fits a pattern with this Government.”
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