SARAH CHAMPION MP DEMANDS END TO PRE-PAYMENT METER RIP OFF IN ROTHERHAM

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Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has backed the PrePay Rip Off campaign that aims to clamp down on the cost of prepayment meters as a means of paying energy bills. Citizens Advice Bureau revealed that pre-payment meter customers on average pay £226 a year extra for the cost of their energy compared to the cheapest direct debit tariff. In Rotherham, with 1 in 5 prepayment meter users already in fuel poverty, this amounts to an extra £2,083,042 a year being taken from 9,217 Rotherham households who can least afford it.

The campaign is demanding action from the big six energy companies and the Government to cut the cost of prepayment meters in line with the cheapest direct debit fuel tariffs, end debt collection by energy companies during the winter and ensure homes with pensioners, disabled people and children do not have prepayment meters fitted.

Sarah Champion said:

"It is unacceptable that the poorest and most vulnerable in Rotherham are forced to pay the most for their energy bills when the cost of energy is falling. I will continue to call for real action in the energy market to pass on the savings which thousands of families in my constituency deserve. This Prepay Rip Off must end now."

To sign the campaign petition, click here

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