Energy Minister urges Ofgem to investigate energy self-disconnection

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has urged Ofgem to investigate the phenomenon of households in Scotland below the poverty line consciously disconnecting their electricity or gas supplies to save money.

Speaking during General Question Time in the chamber on 25 January, Wheelhouse warned that, while data from Ofgem shows there were no disconnections in Scotland in 2017, self-disconnection data is not reported on.

Wheelhouse said: “Those data do not capture the daily reality of self-disconnection by fuel-poor, indebted and vulnerable households.”

The Scottish Government held a summit to discuss action on fuel poverty with energy companies and consumer groups in January.

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