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PEOPLE are again being advised to check electricity meters and submit readings before the energy price cap rises tomorrow (1 October).

Despite some government measures announced this month to limit energy costs, the price cap for “average use” households will increase to £2,500 per year.

But £2,500 is only the average cap and households which use more power will pay more, meaning bills in Shetland are likely to be higher.

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael is calling on households to make sure they are charged at the lower rate of electricity used up until 30 September, by submitting a new meter reading by the end of Friday – and to check if they have received all support payments they are entitled to.

The Citizens Advice Benefits Calculator can help those unsure if they should be receiving an automatic payment.

Carmichael said: “While the more extreme price rises have been avoided, the cost of energy is still going up and every little helps in keeping bills down this winter.

“One action that can save everyone a little money is to take a meter reading now before the price rise kicks in tomorrow. It is worth also checking that you have received any support payments you are entitled to from the government or local councils.

“There is still more that our governments can and should be doing to help struggling families, particularly those who are off-grid and reliant on heating oil.

“The £100 support payment for off-grid families is unlikely to be sufficient to the need over the winter and so we will need to see further thought applied to this from ministers.

“If you are struggling with fuel cost issues, or you believe you have not received a support payment you are entitled to, my office will do what we can to provide advice and advocacy.”

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