Dawn's full submission to the Competition and Markets Authority energy investigation:
You can read the full submission by clicking here
Questions to Energy & Climate Change Secretary of State Amber Rudd MP
At Energy & Climate Change questions in the Commons on Thursday 24th March, I asked the Secretary of State what she will do to ensure smart meters are rolled out to vulnerable customers first without delay and how she is encouraging more transparency in the energy sector.
The Competition and Market's Authority report into the energy market last week brought a major win for Dawn's PrePay Rip Off campaign.
The CMA have proposed that all of the energy companies should cap the cost of Prepayment meters, something Dawn has been calling for for over a year.
Although this achieves the first point of the PrePay Rip Off campaign and will go a long way to helping the most vulnerable, it still doesn't bring Prepay costs into line with those on the cheapest Direct Debit tariffs.
We still have much further to go and Dawn will continue to fight the government and energy companies to get a better and fairer deal for customers.
Over the last four years the Labour Party consistently fought for reforms to the energy market which would have brought prices down. Sadly 6,456 households here in Brent Central are living in fuel poverty and the time has come to put that right.
Dawn Butler has launched a campaign specifically tackling the costs of prepayment meters, which see those consumers on the highest tariffs. 21% of Londoners have prepayment meters installed in their homes, of which 80% of those were installed due to consumers falling into arrears.
Dawn calls on the government to:
1. Cut the cost of prepayment meters in line with the cheapest direct debit fuel tariffs saving consumers £226 a year
2. End debt collection by energy companies during the winter (as Scottish Energy have done)
3. Ensure homes with pensioners, disabled people and children don't have prepayment meters fitted
4. Stop installation of prepayment meters during the winter
5. Monitor and require action on self-disconnection by those on smart meters and prioritise prepayment meter customers in the UK roll-out.
Dawn also held an adjournment debate on the "Cost of prepayment meters" which can be viewed here:
So far Dawn has the backing of MPs from all sides.
Dawn said “I pledged very early on in my general election campaign that I would campaign for fair tariffs for all consumers, especially to protect those most vulnerable in our society. It is a scandal that over 12% of households in Brent are suffering from fuel poverty in this day and age.
Prepayment meters are an affront to any kind of progress and support for fuel poor homes, they pay the highest tariff, are sometimes even charged installation fees on top of their existing debt and have very little support from avoiding self-disconnection.
There are many groups in Brent that provide support for these homes like Energy Solutions, but government cuts to local government funding is directly impacting the support they receive to keep these vital services going.
Rather than cutting even further we need to invest in making our homes more energy efficient and provide cheaper and more affordable tariffs to all. As for every £1 invested in improving our homes saves the NHS £70 over 10 years.”