Spotting a fine opportunity to bury bad news, the energy company whispered out an announcement during David Cameron’s News of the World press conference.
Just yesterday British Gas was fined £1m by Ofgem for “misreporting” the amount of energy it had supplied from renewable sources. According to parent company Centrica, British Gas profits rose 24% last year to £742m.
Domestic gas prices will rise by an average of 18%, and electricity by 16% from 18th August. Just in time for what will likely be an extremely cold winter, especially for the poor and elderly.
Of course, if they don’t mind being associated with hacking murdered teenagers’ phones, they won’t mind a few freezing grannies.