SSE puts gas and electricity prices up 8.2%

Edinburgh City council chief executive Sue Bruce is on the board of SSE. Picture: Julie Bull
Edinburgh City council chief executive Sue Bruce is on the board of SSE. Picture: Julie Bull
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Energy giant SSE, which counts Edinburgh City council chief Executive Sue Bruce among its board members, is increasing gas and electricity prices by an average of 8.2%, the first of the major suppliers to announce a rise this autumn.

The company, which has around 10 million customer accounts, blamed the increased cost of buying and delivering wholesale energy as well as Government levies collected through bills.

Many people will be feeling the pinch this winter. Picture: Getty

Many people will be feeling the pinch this winter. Picture: Getty

It said the latest increase, which is three times the rate of inflation, would come into effect from November 15.

SSE, which trades as Southern Electric, Swalec and Scottish Hydro, said the hike equated to an average £2 a week for a typical dual fuel customer.