By Jonathan Davies

Following a string of announcements from rivals firms last week, SSE has said it will cut its household gas prices by 4.1%.

SSE is the fifth of the 'big six' energy suppliers to announce a cut to their gas prices. E.On, British Gas, Npower and Scottish Power all announced their cuts in the past week. EDF is the only supplier yet to announce a cut.

But unlike its rivals, SSE is making customers wait until April for the cuts to take effect. The majority of other energy suppliers are brining theirs in in February. SSE did however extend the guarantee not to raise gas and electricity prices until July 2016.

Steve Forbes, SSE's director of GB Domestic, said: "We were the only supplier to freeze prices and we promised we would cut them if we could; now we're delivering on that promise with an average £28 reduction in gas bills."

"There are significant other costs within energy bills, including those relating to government-sponsored environmental and social policies and the roll-out of smart meters", he added.

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