Energy crisis pushes thousands more households to pre-paid meters as they struggle to pay bills

Pay as you go: 60,000 new top-up meters installed in the six months to March

The energy crisis is pushing thousands more households onto pre-paid meters, putting vulnerable people at risk of being cut off this winter.

In the six months to March, 60,000 new top-up meters were installed, according to comparison website Uswitch.

Households that regularly default on their electricity or gas bills often switch to pre-paid meters to avoid further arrears.

But pay meters cost an average of £50 more each year than paying by direct debit, putting thousands of people at risk of being cut off.