- Privacy war breaks out as suppliers move customers onto PAYG plans remotely
- Move puts them at risk of blackouts if they cannot afford to top-up their balance
- Households are being left in the dark and without heating for weeks at a time
- Some 500 customers believed to have been put on prepayment plans this year
Ministers are racing to avert acute food shortages after high gas prices forced most of Britain’s commercial production of carbon dioxide to shut down.