On 26th October, David met Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Applegate to collect a petition signed by 1,300 Trust residents. The petition is aimed at new Housing Minister, John Healey MP and urges him to abolish the extra premiums on pre-pay meters. This meeting follows an eighteen month long campaign, putting pressure on energy companies to reduce their high profit making charges on pre-paid energy meters
“The purpose of Pre-paid meters is to help tenants manage their budget. They are not meant to be a money making opportunity for energy companies.
“Energy companies should offer the lowest possible rates to vulnerable households. Recent reports from Ofgem and The National Housing Federation have shown that those on pre-paid meters are paying too much.
“This is a serious issue that the Government should look to put right. A Conservative Government would make it illegal for energy companies to continue these unfair charges.”
“I support the work Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust is doing to raise awareness of this issue and believe that a better informed public can help move us towards a low carbon economy.”
David will now meet with the Housing Minister to hand over the petition and discuss measures that can be taken to help Trust residents.
David Lidington and John Bercow MP meet with affected Trust Residents
Local internet channel Bucks TV covered the meeting. The footage can be viewed at the link below:
Bucks TV – Pre-paid meters (VIDEO)