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Climate change bill £84 a year

Households are typically being charged more than £80 a year in hidden taxes to help combat the impact of climate change, according to research by price comparison website uSwitch.com. On average, households pay £84 a year in hidden taxes on their energy bills and the figure is likely to rise. The group warned the taxes could double to £176 over the next decade. Environmental levies such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, the Community Energy Saving Programme and the Renewables Obligation currently make up seven per cent of energy bills, but policies launched by the previous government are expected to add further taxes worth six per cent of gas and electricity bills during that time.