News: The programme has already been subject to delays.

An IT project involved in rolling out the UK s national smart meter scheme has been delayed again.

The Government has confirmed that the system, which will link smart meters to the energy suppliers, will now not be available until the end of September.

The system was due to be switched on on 17 August.

It was first expected to be operational in 2015, before it was delayed until April 2016 and then delayed until this August.

The Government plans for most homes to have a smart meter by 2020, which will mean 53 million meters being fitted in over 30 million premises.

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