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as ‘people refuse to have them in their homes.

Smart meter installations have had their steepest drop yet over the past three months, official data show, amid suggestions that homeowners are refusing to have them installed.

The number of smart meters being installed in homes declined by 10 per cent over the past quarter, after falling continuously for the past nine months, data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showed.

They also said technical difficulties and a short supply of new-style meters were factors behind the fall.

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