Wishart reveals Shetland is among areas worst hit by energy price rise


Beatrice Wishart, Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, has revealed data analysed by her party showing Shetland is among areas worst hit by energy price rise. Using figures from the Scottish Energy Hub reveals that every area of Scotland will see at least a £990 average rise in energy costs compared to December 2020. Shetland will see prices rise by £1,528 to £3,245.

It was announced by Ofgem that the energy price cap is set to rise to £1,971. This price cap limits the rates a supplier can charge for their default tariffs. These include the standing charge and price for each kWh of electricity and gas, However the energy price cap itself doesn’t limit how much you will pay for your bills and people with larger homes or who use more energy will see their bills rise even further. 

The Bank of England announced that interest rates will rise to 0.5% and Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans for a temporary council tax rebate in England that council taxpayers will have to pay back. 

Ms Wishart said: 

“Shetland residents are facing the perfect storm of high levels of fuel poverty, soaring energy prices and a rise in the cost of living. No household should be forced to go cold this year but unfortunately some already were even before this latest increase.

“We need a cost-of-living rescue package to save households on the brink and reassure all those worried about how they’re going to pay the bills.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out a series of proposals for tackling the cost-of-living crisis from doubling the warms home discount and insulating homes to bringing down bills and boosting disability benefits.

“If you are having any issues with your energy supplier or believe you may be entitled to some kind of benefit for your energy bills please contact my office. There are many constituents who have been helped with their energy supplier difficulties.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors:

Ofgem’s guide to the price cap can be found here

Data on average energy bills for Scotland is available here: Average annual energy bill prices by local authority Scotland, 2020

A spreadsheet showing average price rises by local authority can be found here. Results have been calculated by taking the price cap in place from October 2020 to March 2021 (£1,042) and comparing to the current cap announced today. Today's cap is 89% higher which allows us to calculate bills under the new price cap.

Local Authority 

Code 

Average Electricity Bill 

Average Gas Bill 

Average cost of energy bills in April 2021 (Dual fuel) 

 

Average cost of energy bills in April 2022 

 

Increase to energy bills in April 2022 

Argyll & Bute 

S12000035 

£1,208.37 

£633.68 

£1,842.06 

 

£3,481.49 

 

£1,639.43 

Eilean Siar (Western Isles) 

S12000013 

£1,281.86 

£472.94 

£1,754.80 

 

£3,316.58 

 

£1,561.77 

Shetland Islands 

S12000027 

£1,717.28 

NO GAS 

£1,717.28 

 

£3,245.65 

 

£1,528.38 

Highland 

S12000017 

£1,128.40 

£583.51 

£1,711.91 

 

£3,235.51 

 

£1,523.60 

Aberdeenshire 

S12000034 

£944.12 

£636.37 

£1,580.49 

 

£2,987.12 

 

£1,406.63 

Perth & Kinross 

S12000048 

£948.99 

£608.90 

£1,557.89 

 

£2,944.41 

 

£1,386.52 

East Renfrewshire 

S12000011 

£738.05 

£721.36 

£1,459.41 

 

£2,758.29 

 

£1,298.88 

Stirling 

S12000030 

£833.45 

£622.14 

£1,455.59 

 

£2,751.06 

 

£1,295.47 

Orkney Islands 

S12000023 

£1,443.26 

NO GAS 

£1,443.26 

 

£2,727.77 

 

£1,284.50 

Moray 

S12000020 

£835.99 

£595.45 

£1,431.44 

 

£2,705.42 

 

£1,273.98 

Angus 

S12000041 

£840.84 

£581.71 

£1,422.56 

 

£2,688.64 

 

£1,266.08 

Dumfries & Galloway 

S12000006 

£846.39 

£566.93 

£1,413.32 

 

£2,671.18 

 

£1,257.86 

Scottish Borders 

S12000026 

£837.54 

£572.46 

£1,410.01 

 

£2,664.92 

 

£1,254.91 

East Dunbartonshire 

S12000045 

£716.24 

£690.72 

£1,406.96 

 

£2,659.16 

 

£1,252.20 

South Lanarkshire 

S12000029 

£734.56 

£602.43 

£1,336.99 

 

£2,526.92 

 

£1,189.92 

East Lothian 

S12000010 

£770.33 

£562.75 

£1,333.07 

 

£2,519.51 

 

£1,186.44 

South Ayrshire 

S12000028 

£717.28 

£591.30 

£1,308.58 

 

£2,473.21 

 

£1,164.63 

Dundee City 

S12000042 

£760.93 

£534.94 

£1,295.87 

 

£2,449.19 

 

£1,153.32 

Falkirk 

S12000014 

£707.55 

£569.58 

£1,277.13 

 

£2,413.77 

 

£1,136.64 

West Lothian 

S12000040 

£686.05 

£582.80 

£1,268.85 

 

£2,398.13 

 

£1,129.28 

Fife 

S12000047 

£692.71 

£573.64 

£1,266.35 

 

£2,393.41 

 

£1,127.06 

Aberdeen City 

S12000033 

£707.27 

£558.80 

£1,266.07 

 

£2,392.87 

 

£1,126.80 

North Ayrshire 

S12000021 

£713.23 

£541.04 

£1,254.28 

 

£2,370.58 

 

£1,116.30 

Midlothian 

S12000019 

£683.42 

£557.93 

£1,241.35 

 

£2,346.15 

 

£1,104.80 

North Lanarkshire 

S12000050 

£668.64 

£571.96 

£1,240.60 

 

£2,344.74 

 

£1,104.14 

Inverclyde 

S12000018 

£661.80 

£576.21 

£1,238.02 

 

£2,339.86 

 

£1,101.84 

Clackmannanshire 

S12000005 

£683.49 

£547.66 

£1,231.15 

 

£2,326.88 

 

£1,095.72 

East Ayrshire 

S12000008 

£655.84 

£569.30 

£1,225.14 

 

£2,315.52 

 

£1,090.38 

Edinburgh, City of 

S12000036 

£682.99 

£536.20 

£1,219.20 

 

£2,304.28 

 

£1,085.08 

Renfrewshire 

S12000038 

£635.84 

£544.50 

£1,180.34 

 

£2,230.84 

 

£1,050.50 

West Dunbartonshire 

S12000039 

£623.52 

£504.12 

£1,127.64 

 

£2,131.23 

 

£1,003.60 

Glasgow City 

S12000049 

£624.97 

£488.42 

£1,113.39 

 

£2,104.31 

 

£990.92 


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