HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope is campaigning to end the system whereby people who pay for their electricity by using a pre-payment meter pay more than other users.
In some cases they end up spending £70 more than people who pay quarterly bills and up to £300 more than those who pay by online direct debit.
An angry Mr Pope said: “I think this is a complete rip-off.
“By the very nature of things people paying by meter are likely to be less well off and more vulnerable than other energy users, yet they are being charged the most.
“Everybody is currently facing higher energy bills but I am appalled that the poorest are being charged the most per unit.
“Energy companies seem to have lost the plot in terms or remembering their responsibilities to society.
“I have now taken this up with the Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks, urging him to compel the energy companies to equalise their tariffs and stop exploiting their poorest customers.”
l Mr Pope is backing national charity Action Medical Research as it steps up its campaign for urgent Government action to tackle premature births.
He says that 25 babies die each week in the UK due to complications arising from premature birth, yet little is known about why early labour happens or how to prevent it.
Mr Pope, who is supporting the charity’s Stand Up for Tiny Lives campaign, said: “I am very pleased to support this really worthwhile cause and hope many of my colleagues will do the same. Not enough research has been done into premature birth and its causes and it is time we put that right.”
For details of how to support the campaign visit the website www.standupfortinylives.org