Forced installations of prepayment meters is a 'national scandal', says Ed Miliband

Labour is calling on ministers to ban the forced installation of prepayment meters on financially stretched households until at least spring. Shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband has written to Business Secretary Grant Shapps calling for an “immediate moratorium” on switching households over to more expensive pre-paid energy tariffs. He pressed for the ban to last “at least three months” to help those struggling to pay their bills to stay warm during the colder months.