WARRINGTON and Halton Teaching Hospitals Trust has been slapped with a £400,000 increase in electricity costs.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the Trust revealed figures showing the sharp rise in energy costs that have hit its hospitals.

In 2019/20, the Trust was billed £913,105 for electricity - by 2021/22 this had risen to £1,326,039.

That's an increase of £412,934, which is a rise of more than 45 per cent.

The overall energy bill has risen by over £300,000 in 12 months.

In 2020/21 the total energy cost (gas and electricity) sat at £1,755,129 - by '21/'22 this had risen to £2,06,135.

Despite the sharp rises in electricity costs, the Trust has seen a marked decline in the costs it has paid for gas in recent years.

In 2019/20, the Trust paid £1,378,278 for gas - by this year it had fallen to £750,097.

Overall, the Trust's energy bill has risen by 16.9 per cent in just one year.

However, the Trust's total costs in 2021/22 are still lower than 2019/20, when the energy costs were more than £2.2 million.

A spokesperson for Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Trust said: "Like others, the Trust is facing challenges with cost increases across our entire operation, this includes energy costs.

“As outlined in the Chancellor’s Growth Plan 2022 issued last week, the energy bill relief scheme will provide a discount on gas and electricity unit prices for everyone on a non-domestic energy contract including public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals, and care homes.

"We welcome this initiative.

"In addition, we are committed to reducing our energy consumption and earlier this year launched our ‘Green Plan’ which sets out our plans to reduce our environmental impact, which in turn will lower our energy usage."