Parity for pre-payment energy meters

A call was made today for Ofgem investigations into pre-payment energy meters being forcibly installed in people’s homes to go further.

Local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott said, “While I am pleased that the energy watchdog is looking into this practice I would like them to also press for the higher charge levied on pre-payment customers to be dropped.

“Why should those who pay in advance for their gas and electricity have to pay an average of £80 a year more than direct debit customers?

“Often those with pre-payment meters are the least able in society to meet their bills and yet they are penalised with higher charges. I would like Ofgem to press for this unfair discrimination to be stopped.”

Ofgem is to look into the imposition of pre-payment meters by court order for those who have run up debt after figures revealed that 97,000 pre-pay gas and electricity meters were installed in England, Wales and Scotland last year alone.

Mr Arnott, pointed out, “Because pre-payment meter customers are unable to benefit from competitive better deals they are at a permanent disadvantage. People struggling with debts need help, not an extra financial burden.”

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