Government ministers are braced for blistering criticism from the National Audit Office this week over its shambolic handling of the £11bn smart meter roll-out. The public spending watchdog is finalising the details of a scathing report into the heavily delayed project, which is set to be made public this week. The report is expected to criticise the roll-out, which is running over schedule and budget due to delays to the software underpinning the digital meters. As a result, 10 times more first- generation meters than expected have been fitted into homes by energy suppliers while waiting for the second generation network upgrades to take effect. The 10m meters will require further spending to bring them up to date with the upgraded system so that they won’t become “dumb”. The report is understoo d to lay the blame at the feet of government. Despite the delays, ministers have doggedly insisted that each home should have access to a smart meter by 2020. The NAO is expected to brand the target unrealistic, and call into question the value to customers.
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