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Energy prices 'will lead to tough Christmas' - 16/11/2011

The rising price of energy will lead to financial problems for many households this Christmas, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress has warned.

Looking to switch energy suppliers may be a necessity for some households this winter, as Brendan Barber noted consumers will struggle this festive season in spite of the fall in inflation that occurred last month.

Consumer price index annual inflation declined from 5.2 per cent in September to five per cent, while retail price index annual inflation dropped to 5.4 per cent from 5.6 per cent.

"A reduction in food price inflation will provide some help to household budgets, but with electricity and gas prices rising just as winter starts, consumers are still going to find it's a tough Christmas," he observed.

Mr Barber called on the government to take more action to address the declining living standards that are affecting families as a result of the higher cost of living.

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