The Scottish deputy first minister has called on energy suppliers to review their prices now that the UK has officially entered recession.
Writing in the Sunday Herald, Nicola Sturgeon called on energy suppliers to face up to their "moral responsibility" on the issue of energy prices, in light of the fact that over half a million Scottish households live in fuel poverty.
She praised British Gas for reducing its gas tariff and called on the other major energy suppliers to follow suit quickly.
The deputy first minister said that the Scottish government had spent over £54 million this year on a range of schemes designed to reduce fuel poverty levels in Scottish homes, including an additional £10 million during the winter months.
She added that a new, £55 million Energy Assistance Package would soon be launched to help households have better access to cheap energy through domestic efficiency.
Gordon Brown announced last year that the government would be pursuing widespread energy efficiency in a bid to tackle price rises from energy suppliers.
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