On Monday 21st March I joined Nia Griffiths MP at the launch of the Welsh #PrePayRipOff campaign in the House of Commons to call on the Government and energy companies to clamp down on the cost of prepayment meters.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have recommended a tariff cap, which is a partial win, however more needs to be done to ensure that the most vulnerable consumers in our communities are protected.
The latest research by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed that prepayment meter customers on average pay £226 a year extra for the cost of their energy compared to the cheapest direct debit tariff. And with 1 in 5 prepayment meter users already in fuel poverty this amounts to an extra £1,439,394 a year being taken out of the pockets of the 6,369 Delyn households who can least afford it.
I joined Nia Griffiths MP at the launch of the campaign calling to take action on the Big 6 energy companies.
It is unacceptable that the poorest in our society are forced to pay the most for their energy bills when the cost of energy is falling but bills continue to rise. I will continue to call for real action in the energy market to pass on the savings of families in my constituency deserve. This Prepay Rip Off must end now.
Nia Griffiths MP, leading the Welsh PrePay Rip Off Campaign:
“273,666 Welsh homes have no choice but to use prepayment meters to pay their energy bills. This is money taken out of the pockets of those who can least afford it, and money that would otherwise be spent in the local economy on goods and services. I am calling on the energy companies to automatically give all Welsh consumers the best possible deal on their energy tariffs.
You can sign the petition online by going to http://chn.ge/1P83QSC