Smart meter roll out, BBC

The government has pushed back the deadline for smart energy meter rollout by four years until 2024.

Previously, suppliers’ deadline was the end of 2020, but energy firms had warned the technology was not ready.

But the extra time could lead to more years of frustration for customers, many of whom are fed up with the new meters they have been given.

It also means the cost of installing the new equipment is likely to rise further, to more than £13bn in total.