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UK energy price concerns dismissed by government

Claims that the UK’s energy costs will be among the highest in Europe have been dismissed by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.

Rather than the highest, Mr Huhne said UK energy was among Europe’s cheapest and advised consumers to use price-comparison websites to get the best deals.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Huhne said the claims were based on “rubbish” calculations, which did not take into account savings that would result from various incentives.

“The reality is that we have some of the lowest energy prices and we can get them even lower,” he said.

Using the example of France, where energy prices are rising by just 3% through use of low-carbon and renewable sources, the country had proven less vulnerable to international price fluctuations in coal, gas and oil costs than the UK, the BBC News website reported.

His comments followed the decision by British Gas last week to raise prices of gas and electricity, which followed Scottish Power’s announcement to increase its energy prices last month, which would see the cost of gas by 19% and the cost of electricity by 10% at the start of August.