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Delight as gas is cut by 10%; OAPS HAIL MOVE.

NORTH East pensioners today hailed a slash in gas prices.

British Gas announced it was cutting the price of its standard tariff by 10% this morning.

Pensioners' representatives welcomed the cuts, but said they were "not before time".

Engery experts estimate the price reduction will save customers pounds 79 on the average household gas bill.

John Berry, secretary of the North East Pensioners' Association, said: "I think if it stays that way it will be excellent, but it's not before time.

"There are a number of people where the day is becoming more difficult, especially with the winter weather. People are frightened to switch it on sometimes because of the cost."

The energy supplier said the reduction, which comes into force on February 19, would affect 7.5 million homes, which make up 75% of its customers.

British Gas said it was the first to announce such a cut since 2007.

Rival firms are expected to follow.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2009
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