high energy bills 'must not affect vulnerable'

Increasing energy prices should not be passed on to vulnerable customers, a consumer group has said.

The government is to publish a new renewable energy strategy tomorrow (Wednesday, July 15th) in which it will detail its 2020 climate change plans.

Newspaper reports have suggested that the proposals included in the document would lead to an increase of up to £230 in annual household gas and electricity bills.

Commenting, Maria Wardrobe, director of communications at National Energy Action, said: "This investment is needed and it is evident that the costs will be passed through to consumers.

"We are calling on government to protect the most vulnerable and help mitigate the effects of high energy prices by introducing a mandatory social tariff."

Average fuel bills for homes have jumped by a massive 125 per cent in five years, from £572 in 2003 to £1,287 in 2008.

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