Prepay power leaves kids ill

Children in homes with prepaid power meters risk developing bronchial illnesses because many families run out of cash to keep the meters topped up, experts say.

A survey of 324 households on prepaid meters by Otago University public health researchers has found that 51 per cent of those with children allowed their power to go off at least once in the past year because they could not afford to top up the meters.

Almost three-quarters (70.5 per cent) said they shivered inside at least once last winter as a result.

Source: New Zealand Herald