Nearly one million households in Scotland could fall into fuel poverty if all six of the Big Six energy suppliers hike their prices.
With npower joining their ranks and EDF continuing to hold off announcing its own price rise, the Stirling Observer reports that many domestic energy customers feel the utility companies are quick to pass on wholesale cost increases.
However, public perception seems to be that suppliers are not so fast to cut their prices when costs in the wholesale energy market fall.
The newspaper argues that the recent gas and electricity price hikes undermine the progress of the Scottish government on issues such as energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty.
The publication added that the hikes highlight action the government has taken to protect household incomes in the wake of the recession.
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