Mary Creagh

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Mary challenges Government on pre-payment rip-off

Yesterday, Mary challenged the Government on rip-off pre-payment energy meters, used by many families in Wakefield.

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Mary asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change:

"Citizens Advice estimates that 7,300 households in Wakefield are paying more than £400 a year more for their gas and electricity than they should be paying because they are stuck on prepayment meters. Last month, the Competition and Markets Authority recommended a price cap to protect my constituents from this indefensible overcharging. This week, we hear that the chief executive of the CMA ​is to be the Department’s new permanent secretary. Does that mean we can look forward to him implementing his own recommendations in the very near future?"

The Secretary of State replied:

"Forgive me for making no comment about the appointment. I certainly share the hon. Lady’s view that prepayment meters need reform, that we need the safeguard tariff that the CMA has proposed and that it is unacceptable for the most vulnerable customers—usually those on the lowest incomes—to be stuck on higher tariffs. We will support the CMA to ensure that it delivers on that."

Mary will continue to pressure the Government to bring about this much-needed reform.

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