Citizens Advice is a useful third-sector umbrella organisation that oversees free welfare law provision across England and Wales. Problem is, it wants everyone to have a smart meter.
Citizens Advice (CA) helps people, usually the poorer among us, with legal advice on welfare benefits, debt issues, employment and housing problems and more.
For the most part CA, a registered multi-million £££ national charity, is concerned about securing people’s financial welfare, housing status, ability to to take part economically in society, and so on.
But they are very much “establishment”. They will look at you as if you are mad if you say that “smart” energy meters can be more expensive for households to run than analogue and that they even burst into flames. You will also be considered nuts if you claim there are health concerns or privacy fears over smart technology.
Anyway, here’s a press release issued at the end of last month (May 2019) that gives an idea:
Smart meter rollout deadline remains “unfeasible”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice, in its role as the official consumer watchdog for energy, has responded to the publication of the latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for smart meter installations.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“Today’s figures show yet again that the target for everyone to have a smart meter by the end of 2020 is unfeasible.
“The government’s last cost-benefit analysis anticipated that 15 million meters would need to be installed this year. In order to hit that target, suppliers will need to install meters around three times faster than they did in Q1.
“The rollout deadline should be extended to 2023 and the government should publish up-to-date information on the costs and benefits of the programme.
“Smart meters are critical to modernising our energy infrastructure and we’re all paying for the rollout through our bills. A rush to install meters to hit the 2020 deadline risks giving customers a poor experience and undermining people’s faith in this important technology.”
(Full release on this link)
So, basically, those who we might imagine would be working in our interest are, in fact, working against us. More examples of this to come …