DECC disappointed with SSE blame game

The Government has countered claims from SSE that government policies are the reason it had to put up its prices. Yesterday the supplier announced it would put electricity and gas […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Government has countered claims from SSE that government policies are the reason it had to put up its prices.

Yesterday the supplier announced it would put electricity and gas prices up by 9% from October.

Alongside the usual scapegoat of rising wholesale gas prices, SSE blamed rising costs of schemes like CERT and CESP which suppliers are obliged to pay for and can involve helping households in low income areas install efficiency measures.

SSE said the cost of paying for mandatory government schemes like this had gone up 30%.

However the Government said it is actually gas prices which are the “primary force” driving up energy bills and the cost for the CERT and CESP schemes were a small portion of an average energy bill.

A DECC spokesperson told ELN: “This needs to be taken in context a little bit. [SSE’s] charges have gone up 30% but that’s not necessarily been the experience of other suppliers. The 30% is an increase on 10% of the bill.”

He suggested that if homeowners weren’t getting the best tariff they might need to take their business somewhere else.