A third of families ration fuel as soaring power prices force ‘heat or eat’ dilemma

New research reveals 10% of people have already defaulted on energy bills Soaring fuel bills are leading to acute power rationing among many families as one in four say they are skipping meals to meet fuel costs. The “heat or eat” dilemma is becoming one of the most toxic issues for the coalition as it […]


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Npower joins British Gas in raising energy prices

Protests as two energy suppliers announce price increases – of up to 9% – on same day Millions of householders face record high heating bills this winter as two of the UK’s biggest energy suppliers announced price increases of up to 9% on the same day. British Gas has announced a price rise of 6% […]


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British Gas raises gas and electricity tariffs by 6%

Annual dual fuel bill for customers with average consumption will increase by about £80 from next month British Gas has announced a price rise of 6% for gas and electricity customers that will add £80 to the typical household’s annual bill. The rises, which kick in on 16 November, will make British Gas the second […]


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Payday loan firms agree to guidelines

Commitments include a promise to increase transparency about repayments and to introduce robust credit and affordability assessments to make sure loans are suitable for the borrower Payday loan companies have promised to improve the way they sell credit to borrowers under voluntary guidelines agreed with the government. Lenders have until 25 July 2012 to add […]


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Legal aid reforms face Lords defeat

Peers to introduce dozens of amendments to bill that campaigners say will hit the most vulnerable in society The government is braced for a series of parliamentary defeats this week over controversial plans to reform legal aid. The House of Lords is expected to vote against key aspects of the legal aid and sentencing bill […]


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Are you getting the best deal on your gas and electricity bills?

As four of the Big Six announce cuts to energy bills, it’s time to check if you are getting the cheapest deal Consumers are being urged to check they are getting the best deal on their energy bills after four of the Big Six firms announced they were cutting prices. British Gas has cut electricity […]


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