Housing groups in energy cost plea

One of the region's biggest landlords has written to the bosses of every major energy supplier in the South West to urge them to stop "ripping off" their poorest customers

Devon and Cornwall Housing, which manages 17,000 properties, has teamed up with 17 other housing associations to write a letter to the chief executives of British Gas, Npower, e.on, Southern Electric and EDF demanding they lower their tariffs for customers using prepayment meters.

Households paying for their electricity and gas with prepayment meters can be charged up to £300 a year more for their fuel than wealthier customers who set up online accounts, according to figures from the consumer watchdog Energywatch. They also pay up to £89 more than customers who pay their bills on a quarterly basis.

In the letter, the groups urge the energy giants to charge their prepayment meter customers the same rates as those paying their bills quarterly.

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