British Gas and npower raise prices

AOL Money Staff
Gas flame
Gas flame

Fears that more households will be plunged into a "long, cold winter" have been fuelled after two major energy companies hiked their prices.

British Gas put an extra £80 on to its typical annual dual fuel bill after an average increase of 6% affecting 8.5 million customers from November 16. Rival npower followed with an average rise of 8.8% for gas and 9.1% for electricity.