Campaigners call for ban on force fitting prepaid meters as companies resume installations

New rules mean energy companies can resume force-fitting prepayment meters in people’s homes nearly a year after it was suspended.

Energy suppliers were banned from force fitting the meters after they were found to be fitting them inappropriately.

Under the rules, meters should not be fitted when customers are over 75, unless someone younger also lives in the home; In households with children under the age of two; and if anyone lives there with a terminal illness or certain conditions which would get worse in a cold home.

Campaigners want a total ban on the force-fitting of prepayment meters. Such a ban would need to be introduced by government ministers.

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