UK gas and electricity customers face price rise double whammy

Some energy consumers could see bills soar by up to 60% as cheap fixed-rate deals end just as standard tariffs increases kick in

Thousands of households are being hit with 40%-plus increases to their gas and electricity bills – far above the price hikes announced by the big energy firms in recent months. A combination of sneaky changes to billing structures, regional variations and the fact that many popular fixed-price tariffs have come to an end have left furious Guardian Money readers complaining that their bills are set to rise by £300 to £400 a year, contrary to official price rise figures from the major providers.

Most big suppliers (and a number of smaller rivals) announced standard tariff increases of 8% to 15%, with many coming into effect in recent weeks.

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