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More than 30,000 people have contacted the Citizens Advice Bureau in the 13 days since the first energy firm sparked the latest round of price hikes. The soaring number represents a 55% increase on the number of consumers normally seeking advice about the best power deals. Since SSE announced its rise on October 10, British Gas, npower and Co-op Energy have all raise their prices. On Thursday Scottish Power became the fourth of the "Big Six" energy firms to announce it will raise its prices, with a 8.5% increase for gas and 9% for electricity from December 6. Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: "The huge number of people seeking advice since the price hikes started is a barometer of consumer fear about energy bills. "Barely a day goes by without the bad news of another energy price increase. Price rises, just as temperatures start to drop, means people will see their bills this winter soar. Households are finding it really difficult to cope with the increases in cost of living." The Scottish Power increase will add another £113 to the typical annual dual fuel bill.