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Mary welcomes cap on rip-off energy bills

Mary today welcomed the announcement of a price cap for prepayment energy meter bills, following a local campaign on the issue.

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Energy customers on prepayment tariffs are set to save around £75 per year from next April, thanks to a price cap announced today by energy market regulator Ofgem.

The price cap will be introduced in April 2017 for more than four million customers on prepayment meters, with 7,300 households in Wakefield set to benefit. According to research by Citizens Advice, families on prepayment meters find themselves facing gas and electricity bills of up to £400 a year more than households on regular energy meters.

Mary launched a local campaign against the rip-off energy meters in June, with almost 100 people signing the petition.

She also pressed the Government on the issue, recently asking the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Conservative Government would commit to implementing the recommended price cap, recommended by the Competition and Markets Authority in March 2016. 

In response to the announcement, Mary said: “I have campaigned on this issue locally and I welcome today’s announcement, as a staggering 7,300 Wakefield families are being ripped off by prepayment energy meters. The Government turned a blind eye for far too long and a price cap will help protect some of the most vulnerable gas and electricity customers who are least likely to switch supplier. I’d like to thank everyone who signed my petition and helped send a message to the Tories.”

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