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Policy and Government

Ofgem consultation ‘Prepayment meters installed under warrant - statutory consultation’

calendar29 August 2017

The latest Ofgem consultation provided revised proposals and draft licence conditions covering prepayment meter (PPM) installation under warrant. We have responded to welcome the protection this will bring to those in financial difficulty and vulnerable situations. In particular we were happy to see the prohibition on force fitting a PPM where the installation process would be ‘severely traumatic’. The cap of warrant-related costs to £150 to provide incentives for suppliers to pursue a warrant as a last resort was also welcomed, as well as preventing warrant-related costs exacerbating financial difficulty. Targeting will be key to ensure this is effective in practice, and we also believe that there is space for more safeguards to be put in place for customers with a smart meter, where switching to PPM can be done remotely. Read the rest of our response below.

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