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13 July 2012: Research shows poorest hit hardest by energy bills
The latest Quarterly Price Survey (QPS) by price comparison website energyhelpline.com has revealed that some of the poorest regions of the country are hit by the highest energy bills. The survey has shown that prices can differ by as much as £92 a year between different regions in the UK.
The region with the most expensive energy costs in the country, Merseyside and North Wales, currently sees average annual bills around £1,373. This has a considerable impact on consumers in the area, as statistics from the Church Urban Fund last month revealed that Merseyside currently has five of the ten most deprived areas in the UK.
Conversely, those living in the affluent South East are paying on average £72 less per year than their countrymen in the North West with bills at £1,294, and the cheapest area in the UK is North Scotland which typically only pays £1,261 a year.
Mark Todd, director of independent price comparison service Energyhelpline.com, said: “It’s a cruel irony that the areas being landed with the highest bills are the ones where cash is most strapped and where people are struggling to find employment. This postcode lottery places extra strain on squeezed budgets and could throw more people into fuel poverty.
“It is difficult to explain the reasoning behind these regional price variations but the good news is that the people living in the regions paying the most for their energy can make the biggest savings by switching.”
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