UK ministers were last night facing fresh demands to finally end the “scandal” of regional electricity charging that inflates power bills across the north and north-east.
A local authority leader has called for swift action from the UK Government to deliver its promise to cut power bills across the north and north-east.
New figures have exposed the "scandal" that means families in the north and north-east pay more for electricity than anywhere else in Britain.
A powerful group of MPs has told UK ministers and regulators to draw up plans for a radical overhaul of the energy market to cut power bills for Scottish families.
Campaigners from the Highlands held showdown talks with power giant SSE over the cost of energy in the region yesterday.
A powerful regulator has signalled it may back an overhaul of the energy market to slash bills for families in the north and north-east.
MPs have tabled a motion in Westminster calling for the end of an "unjustified" electricity surcharge that penalises northern Scotland.
The Scottish Government has signalled that it could support calls for a national electricity price to cut bills for families in the north and north-east.
A powerful group of MPs could back calls to scrap "grossly unfair" electricity surcharges that penalise families in the north and north-east.
Ministers and regulators could scrap a system that leaves north and north-east families paying hundreds of pounds extra for electricity.
Demands for a fair deal on energy prices will be made directly to bosses at power giant SSE and the government regulator Ofgem next week.
UK Government officials have been ordered to draw up new plans to cut energy bills for hard-pressed families in the north and north-east.
UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has been challenged to intervene to end "gross disparities" which mean families in the north and north-east pay more for electricity.