Lanarkshire residents warn of impending increases in household energy prices

Lanarkshire residents are warned of impending increases in household energy prices as gas costs and talks between the industry and the UK government continue to skyrocket.

Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng held a meeting with energy companies and the regulator Ofgem earlier this week.

In early 2021, utilities paid 54p per gas boiler, but just before Christmas that figure rose to £ 4.50 – and many companies collapsed during 2021.

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Advice Direct Scotland offers energy advice through an online platform on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Free, hands-on tips and information on energy related matters are available to everyone in Lanarkshire, from supplier inquiries to understanding the complaints process to what to do if there is a problem with energy bills.

People can reach on the toll-free number 0808 196 8660, which is open 9am to 5pm, excluding holidays, and the service is also available online.

Andrew Bartlett, CEO of Advice Direct Scotland, told Lanarkshire Live: “These new warnings of impending price hikes in 2022 will affect families across Scotland.

“We know that many Scots are already worried about paying their monthly bills and many have rationed their energy usage, so this will only add to the fear.

“Energy bills and energy contracts can be a minefield for consumers, which is why we provide free, practical advice to everyone in Scotland.

“For now, the best advice is to stick with your current tariff and don’t panic about the collapse of energy companies because Ofgem will be moving customers to a new business with no loss of money.

“There is also support for people in financial difficulty and we will provide more information to consumers in the coming months.

“In the meantime, anyone in Lanarkshire can turn to for free advice.”

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