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Cut back on meter winter fuel charges, campaigners urge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

TORIES are campaigning for poverty-line families in London’s deprived East End who are struggling to pay fuel bills this winter. The Parliamentary candidate for Poplar & Limehouse has called for tough measures to stop electricity and gas companies charging over the odds’ on pre-pay meters

Julia Gregory

TORIES are campaigning for poverty-line families in London's deprived East End who are struggling to pay fuel bills this winter.

Parliamentary candidate Tim Archer has called for tough measures to stop electricity and gas companies charging 'over the odds' on pre-pay meters.

He also wants to see energy companies offer 'social' tariffs to vulnerable households.

"Bills are at record highs with poor families face their toughest winter for years," he said.

"Many have to choose between staying warm and going into debt.

"It's completely unacceptable that the most vulnerable families on pre-pay meters should be targeted by the energy companies to pay more than their fair share.

"The Government must act to save the poorest from spending this winter worrying whether they can afford to keep warm," he adds.

The candidate for Poplar & Canning Town, who is also a Tower Hamlets Opposition councillor, believes all households should have "the right to be told" what the cheapest tariff is-instead of having to pay premium rates because they may be baffled by the complexity of energy company offers.

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