Energy customers should be given a 'debt holiday'

24 December 2014

electricity-meter Citizens Advice Bureau have said that ten million householders who use pre-payment energy meters should be given a debt "holiday".

Unlike other customers, those with pre-payment meters cannot spread their payments throughout the year, which is well arse. Therefore they end up spending way more than those who don't do the meters.

Scottish Power have stepped up and said it had already introduced such a scheme last year, but the CAB reckons it should be a thing throughout the industry.

"A debt holiday would be a Christmas bonus for pre-pay customers," said Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice. "Delaying payments for debts will mean those people struggling to afford heat and light don't have to make severe cut-backs," she said.

The Citizens Advice have said that during 2014 there was a 66% increase in the number of people seeking online help for paying their bills.

And according to figures from the regulator, Ofgem, shows that 80% of households having payment meters installed are already in debt. Don't hold your breath waiting for an energy company to do something nice though...

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3 comments

  • Stevie
    "Unlike other customers, those with pre-payment meters cannot spread their payments throughout the year, which is well arse" Yeah, they can. Work out what last year cost and divide by 52. Then, buy this amount every week. Simple, like most of the people who need a pre-payment meter.
  • BeenLikeThisForAges
    Nope it's not needed, common sense and being able to budget is what is needed.
  • Big A.
    If you can't afford something, don't buy it...if you need it you're either budgeting wrong, need to get another job or just some cunt that thinks the world owes you a living!!

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