Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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480,000 West Midlands families hit by £92 million fuel bill rip off

Dudley MP Ian Austin has urged the government end the ‘PrePay Rip Off’ adding to local people's fuel bills.

Austin's call follows the publication of new figures which show an estimated 408,629 families in the West Midlands are being forced to pay an extra £92million on their fuel bills.

On average households who are forced to pay for gas and electricity through prepayment meters spend £226 a year more than those using the cheapest direct debit tariffs.

Austin has backed a nationwide ‘Prepay Rip Off’ campaign to bring down the cost of prepayment meters in line with direct debit to save money for consumers and end debt collection during the winter by energy companies.

Ian Austin said:

“This PrePay rip off is hitting hundreds of thousands of families here in the West Midlands.

“For families already struggling to make ends meet, these extra costs are forcing them to choose between heating and eating.

“The Government should end this rip off that is adding £92 million to fuel bills in our region.”

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