MP highlights meter concerns

Angus MP Mike Weir has called upon the UK government to take urgent action to tackle fuel poverty.

He is particularly concerned with the issue of the very high costs that can be associated with pre payment meters.

Speaking in the Commons, he said: “The problem with pre payment meters is not only that the tariff tends to be higher but also that many of those on pre payment meters are put on them because they have a debt and part of that debt is recouped every time that the consumer tops up the meter. “The cost of installation can also be added to the debt, meaning that consumers are pushed further into debt.”