Ministers are being urged to end a “rip-off” which forces Highland households to pay more for electricity than people in other parts of the UK, despite having some of the worst levels of fuel poverty. With the Met Office warning that temperatures in parts of Scotland could plunge to -10C last night – much colder than average for the time of year – SNP MSP Kate Forbes said the UK government must put an end to a 2p-a-unit surcharge for north of Scotland customers. More than half of all rural and remote households live in fuel poverty, with fuel poverty levels significantly higher in rural Scotland, she said. She warned that the situation leaves Highland consumers facing bigger bills despite the region being a key generator of renewable energy.
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Theresa May is facing a backlash from senior Conservatives over her plans for a price cap on energy bills. Almost 20 Tory MPs, including three former cabinet ministers, have warned that her proposals for an “absolute” cap on bills will reduce competition between firms and “distort” the energy market. In a formal submission on the Government’s draft Energy Price Cap Bill, the backbenchers, including Oliver Letwin, David Cameron’s former policy chief, and Caroline Spelman, the former environment secretary, say that the measure will lead to prices simply being raised to meet the new limit. Instead, the MPs call on Mrs May to introduce a “relative” cap, which has found more favour with MPs ideologically opposed to interventions in free markets. Unlike an absolute cap, which would set an overall maximum price, a relative cap would set a maximum mark-up between each energy firm’s best deal and the standard variable tariff paid by most customers.
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