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Pre-payment meter installation cost to be capped

From BBC - November 9, 2017

Tens of thousands of energy users will no longer have to pay up to 900 each if they are forced to have a pre-payment meter installed.

From January the energy regulator Ofgem is to set a maximum charge of 150 in such cases.

The most vulnerable will see their charges waived completely.

At the moment around 40,000 people a year are obliged to pay large fees when their energy supplier gets a court warrant to have a meter put in.

On average customers have to pay 400, to cover the costs of the installation.

Such costs include court fees, and the use of locksmiths or dog-handlers, if these are needed.

However some energy firms already supply such meters for free.

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