British Gas has announced that it will increase its energy prices for 3.5 million customers for the second time this year. The 3.8% increase in its standard variable tariff (SVT) from 1st October means the average bill will rise by £44, taking it to £1,205 a year.

This follows a previous price rise of 5.5% announced in April.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said “A second significant price hike in the space of a year will be a bitter pill to swallow for hard-pressed British Gas customers. Those people most likely to be on a standard variable tariff – including the elderly, people on low incomes and those with disabilities – will particularly struggle to cope with yet another bill increase.”

“While the government’s proposed price cap should protect customers from the worst of these tariffs, anyone who isn’t happy with their energy company should think about switching tariff or supplier.”