The energy giant is the last to put up prices, following moves by British Gas, EDF Energy, E. ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE, which takes the typical household energy bill up from £1,132 to £1,293 – an increase of £161. The increase brings to an end a year of misery for consumers where energy bills rocketed by 21pc or £224 on average.
Energy customers in some of the poorer parts of the UK are paying more for their domestic fuel than those in the more prosperous South.
According to a nationwide study issued by Energyhelpline.com, the postcode lottery means that those living in Merseyside and North Wales are paying the highest typical electricity and gas bills in the country with an average customer on £1,373 a year. This is £80 more than those in London and £79 more than those in Southern England. While the North West England region customers are paying the second highest typical bill at £1,341 a year.