Energy bills: stop charging the poorest most

Nick Clegg has used his first Question Time to highlight the impact of rising energy prices on the poorest families and pensioners across Britain.

He asked the Prime Minister ”With 25,000 people predicted to die this winter alone from the cold, I think we need a more specific commitment from the prime minister. Will he agree today to take action to stop the energy companies from hitting the poorest families with higher bills on pre-paid meters, so we can end the scandal of the poorest families paying the most for their energy needs?”

Last year Energywatch reported that energy companies are charging prepayment meter users an average of £195 extra each year for their gas and electricity compared to the best available deals. In the worst case, Npower, the gap between prepayment customers and internet customers in some parts of Britain is £304. Now we are told London gas users will have to pay around £45 more for gas a year than some other regions.


Many Islington families depend on pre-paid meters. So I too hope that the Government can come up with some action to protect them. As a minimum, the prepay meter price should be equalised with the standard quarterly rate.

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