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City MP urges Minister to take action to tackle ongoing issues with smart meters facing Portsmouth people 

By 16 April 2024No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP used Energy Security and Net Zero in the House of Commons to urge Ministers to take action to address ongoing issues with smart meters facing Portsmouth people, causing distress for many facing much higher and often unpredictable bills. 

It comes as recent figures indicate that over 4 million smart meters across the country are faulty, resulting in higher and often unpredictable charges for customers in Portsmouth. 

The latest data has raised concerns that customers may have been overcharged on their gas and electricity bills, at a time when every family and business in Britain has paid the price of the Conservatives’ failed energy policy which has left Britain as the worst hit country in Western Europe during the energy crisis. 

Stephen Morgan MP asked the Government:  

Smart meters are vital in helping families cut bills and save money on their energy, yet the government’s own figures show that over 4 million smart meters are faulty.  

Isn’t this another catastrophic failure and when is the Secretary of State going to get a grip on this issue? 

It follows a string of actions by the City MP to stand up for residents in Portsmouth facing higher bills as a result of the energy crisis, including lobbying Ministers to bring in a VAT cut on energy bills, supporting a windfall tax on energy giants, and backing plans to increase the UK’s energy independence through establishing Great British Energy. 

Commenting, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said: 

”It is a national scandal that so many people in our city and across the country were led to believe by this Government that smart meters would bring them lower and more reliable bills, when they have done the opposite. 

“Unfortunately, this is the latest episode in a long history of failed Conservative energy policy.

“People in Portsmouth deserve to know they are getting the best deal for the energy they use. That’s why Labour has committed to making energy cheap and secure, so that the British public never again face spiralling bills.”

A central mission of the next Labour Government is to make Britain a clean energy superpower to create jobs, cut bills and boost energy security with cheaper, zero-carbon electricity by 2030, accelerating to net zero.  

Labour’s plan will make energy cheap and secure, so that the British public never again face spiralling bills; boost jobs and investment in every region and nation of the country; and grow our economy from the bottom up and the middle out.