Victoria families receive energy bill blow

Families in parts of Victoria may be forced to raid their savings accounts in order to cover increasing energy bills, after power supplier Origin announced some sizeable price hikes.

The cost of electricity is expected to go up by 9.2 per cent, while gas prices will be raised by six per cent from January 1st, the Herald Sun reports.

Other smaller retailers operating in the area are expected to follow suit in due course, which will also add to the financial strain placed on residents in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

Gavin Dufty of welfare group St Vincent de Paul Society told the news provider households will have to fork out between $100 and $150 more to pay for their power consumption each year.

"The increases will put significant financial pressure on households that will further push them to the edge," he was reported as saying.

This problem does not appear to be restricted to Victoria, as Anglicare Sydney recently told the Australian Associated Press it had experienced a surge in the number of people seeking help with paying their bills.

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