SSE’s has announced that it will increase its energy prices by 6.7%. The price rise will affect 2.36m customers.

Commenting on the news Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said “It’s extremely disheartening to see SSE join the rest of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in raising prices for its standard variable customers. Today’s price hike risks hitting those who can least afford it. We know that those stuck on poor value standard variable tariffs are often the elderly, people with mental health problems and those on low incomes.”

“While the government’s proposed price cap should deliver much-needed protections for energy customers in the future, customers who are unhappy with their current energy supplier or tariff should consider switching now.”

Peter Earl, Head of Energy, comparethemarket.com said “The last to join the Big Six price hike party, SSE may be hoping that this gets lost amongst all of the other hikes. However, with the company announcing last week that it lost 430,000 customers in the past year, it is clear that people are realising that many tariffs offered by these energy giants are fundamentally bad value. With switching levels at record highs, an increasing number of people are benefiting from the significant savings on offer by switching supplier. However, the majority of customers remain stuck on the poor value default tariffs that cost an average of £315 more than the cheapest tariff available on the market. It is essential that customers review their energy costs every year to ensure that, once they have switched, they remain on the best deal possible.”