Homeowners in Angus looking to compare energy prices and get the best deals on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and domestic oil could lose out with a new levy.
The UK government is considering charging up to £200 a year extra for residents using domestic oil or LPG to heat their homes, but Angus MP Mike Weir has said this will affect people who do not have mains gas access and could result in more families falling into fuel poverty, reports the Arbroath Herald.
Residents who have access to both mains gas and electricity can get dual fuel deals from energy companies that deliver cheaper rates, but otherwise people face higher costs.
Mr Weir told the paper: "These consumers already are the least protected group of energy consumers as there is little regulation in the sector and, unlike gas consumers, they have no access to reduced social tariffs."
Energy prices have been reduced in recent months but by only a marginal percentage in comparison to cost hikes implemented last year.
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