Five questions answered on Scottish Power’s latest price cuts

By how much is Scottish Power cutting its prices?

Scottish Power has announced it is to become the fourth energy supplier to cut the price of one of its tariffs. We answer five questions on the energy company’s latest price cut.

By how much is Scottish Power cutting its prices?

According to the company, customers on its standard duel fuel tariff will see a reduction of £54 off their annual bill from 31 January.

The price drop will not include customers who are on a fixed rate tariffs. However, Scottish Power has assured 97 per cent of customers on a fixed tariff were already paying less than those on standard tariffs.

Why has Scottish Power cut its prices?

To bring the price of its tariffs in line with government changes to green levies announced in December.

However, the price drop will only partly counteract a Scottish Power price rise of 8.6 per cent which came into effect as of December last year.

What has Scottish Power said about its price changes?

In an online statement Scottish Power’s CEO of Energy Retail and Generation, Neil Clitheroe, said:

“Following the Government’s recent announcement on reducing the impact of green and social levies on consumer energy bills, we will be passing these cost reductions on to customers this month.

“We recognise that we need to continue to work hard to reduce bills for our customers through offering competitive fixed priced products and comprehensive energy efficiency advice. As part of this ongoing commitment, we will try to avoid any further price rises in 2014 but this will depend on whether there are increases in wholesale energy prices or other costs outside of our control.”

Which other energy companies have cut prices recently?

British Gas and SSE have both announced price cuts for customers regardless of what tariff they are on. SSE said it will cut prices by around 4 per cent from the beginning of April.

EDF and E.On have cut prices for those on standard or variable rates, the same as Scottish Power.

Npower has failed to announce price cuts, saying it is still reviewing its prices. In the autumn 2013 the company raised its prices by 10.4 per cent.

What have the experts said?

MoneySuperMarket has called on energy suppliers to follow the example of British Gas and SSE, and cut all their tariffs, not just standard duel fuel tariffs.

The price comparison website has launched an epetition in a bid to get all suppliers to do this.

Work on power cables in Cumbernauld, Scotland. Photograph: Getty Images.

Heidi Vella is a features writer for Nridigital.com

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The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland