Hard-pressed families in the north and north-east could have their energy bills cut by £17 a year under a new initiative by the UK Government.
The UK Government was under fresh pressure last night to end its “energy tax” on communities in the north and north-east.
A fresh call has been made for the UK Government to end unfair electricity charges which add hundreds of pounds to family power bills in the Highlands.
The UK Government has pledged to "work closely" with regulators who are investigating an overhaul of the energy market so consumers in northern Scotland pay less for power.
The UK Government will pledge today to move "urgently" to slash electricity bills for hard-pressed families in the north and north-east.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being lobbied by senior MPs to take action to cut power bills in the north and north-east.
UK Government officials are poised to hold talks with energy giant SSE amid claims that north and north-east families are being "diddled" on electricity prices.
A Highland MSP is surveying his constituents in order to gather their views on high electricity costs and whether the power sector should be re-nationalised.
A senior UK Government minister is under pressure from his own dad to back the Press and Journal's campaign to give north and north-east families a fair deal on energy prices.
An MP has claimed disabled children are suffering because of soaring household fuel bills in the north and north-east.
A social energy tariff needs to be introduced urgently to help people in the Western Isles combat a 15% electricity bill surcharge, utility giant Scottish and Southern Energy was told yesterday.
Fuel poverty could be eased if a controversial surcharge is lifted and homes are made more energy efficient, a conference has heard.