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Switch energy suppliers, says PM
British Gas delivered a blow to 7.8 million households as it confirmed a 10.4% rise in electricity prices and 8.4% hike for gas tariffs from next month.
David Cameron has branded the latest round of energy price hikes "disappointing" and urged consumers to switch suppliers for the best deal.
But the Prime Minister insisted the Government was already doing what it could to try to keep costs down.
The comments came in a round of local radio interviews after British Gas announced that 7.8 million households face a 10.4% rise in electricity prices and 8.4% for gas tariffs from next month.
The Centrica-owned energy giant said average customer dual-fuel bills will rise by £123 to £1,444 a year according to Ofgem usage figures after the price increases, which take effect on November 23.
The group is the second of the "big six" providers to increase tariffs after SSE recently announced an 8.2% rise from November 15.
Mr Cameron told BBC Sussex radio: "I think it is a very disappointing announcement by British Gas.
"I think there are things we can do. We are intervening because we are legislating to say these companies have to put their customers on to the lowest tariff.
"I think a lot of customers find it utterly baffling how many tariffs they have.
"But there is something everyone can do, which is look to switch their electricity or gas bill from one supplier to another.
"On average, this can help people save sometimes as much as £200 on their bill.
"So I would encourage customers who are not happy with the service they're getting, are not happy with the prices, to go to the switching sites online and see whether they can get a better deal."
Pressed on whether the Government could do more to tackle the underlying issues, Mr Cameron said: "What we can do, which is what we are doing, is to try to get new suppliers into the market."