Shock utilities hike
July 12, 2012 2 Comments
From July 1st the price of electricity went up by 3.9%, natural gas by 2.3% and butane gas bottles by 5.7%.
This follows the government-approved hikes in April of 7% for electricity, 5% for natural gas and 5.7% for butane bottles.
Both unions and opposition politicians have labelled the measure “a blow to householders’ pockets,” with the combined increases meaning that in just three months electricity has gone up by 10.9%, natural gas by 7.3% and bottled gas by 8.6%.
Socialist party (PSOE) spokesman for sustainability Hugo Morán lamented that the Partido Popular government had approved such large increases when just one year ago it said that any rise “would be against the interests of the country and would seriously hit the economy”.
“We believe that the government can do something to stop these utilities price increases and that they have a duty to do so,” he said.
Article source: Costa-News.com