Energy minister resisted PPM ban days before practice paused

A government minister and energy retailers pushed back against calls to introduce a mandatory ban on the forced installation of prepayment meters (PPM) just days before revelations at British Gas came to light, Utility Week can reveal. Meeting minutes obtained via a Freedom of Information request show that energy minister Graham Stuart was particularly concerned that introducing a mandatory moratorium on forced PPM installations would result in an increase in customers refusing to pay their bills.

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