MP slams new energy plan

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DEARNE MP John Healey has accused the Government of “writing a blank cheque” for energy companies and urged them to “get a grip” of a programme to fit smart meters.

The £12 billion scheme being led by energy companies will be paid for by consumers – but there is no guarantee savings will be passed on, Mr Healey told the House of Commons.

He said: “All costs are going directly on to the bills of consumer, yet there is no requirement to report these costs or show these costs on consumer bills.”

The programme aims to install 55 million high-tech gas and electricity meters in UK households, which will mean an end to estimated energy bills.