Electric prepayment meter from BG

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Hi there,

I am using this forum for the first time so hope this is ok, I have gotten behind with my electric bill and as it's past 28 days they have told me my only option is a prepay meter, i am slightly concerned they will take loads from me each top up, also i have heard that people on certain benefits can have their debt repayment set lower, is this true and what benefits are these?

Thank you in advance

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  • KimYeovil
    KimYeovil Posts: 6,156 Forumite
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    No, prepayment repayments are usually set very low, particularly if you tell them you are on benefits.

    You may be confused by the fact that up to 70% of payments can be claimed for emergency credit and irregular top-ups and standing charges - that is a different issue and is easily accounted for (by not using the emergency and remembering a standing charge exists).
  • Locknut
    Locknut Posts: 436 Forumite
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    If your on income support or JSA then you may get it lowered. but get it sorted asap or they will fit you one on a warrant and charge you for all the costs involved.
  • SwanJon
    SwanJon Posts: 2,333 Forumite
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    It shouldn't be your only option.
    If you can't afford to pay the whole bill now, they should offer you a payment plan to pay for this bill and your ongoing consumption - this could be DD, standing order, magnetic card.
    While PP may be an option, it shouldn't be your only one.
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