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May the last major energy supplier to raise its prices please turn the lights off?

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One by one,they've raised their prices, and now as the last major gas and electricity supplier raises its tariffs, there's officially no escape for the British consumer.

EDF Energy has announced a 15.4 percent jump in its gas tariffs and a 4.5 percent hike in electricity, which will come into effect from November 10.

Vincent de Rivaz, the chief executive of EDF Energy, revealed that the firm was able to delay price rises longer than its competitors owing to their sourcing of nuclear energy, but now the inevitable has happened.

Mark Todd, director of Energyhelpline.com, said the average dual-fuel customer who pays by the quarter would see a rise of £120 from £1,120 to £1,240 on their annual bill.

Tom Lyon, an energy expert at uSwitch.com, said: 'The sad fact is that you cannot have two consecutive rounds of energy price hikes in less than a year without seeing casualties.

'The visible victims are the 6.8 million or a quarter of all households now living in fuel poverty, but they are more than matched by those for whom energy is rapidly becoming unaffordable, who are struggling to pay their bills and who are starting to self-ration their usage as a result.'

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