The government’s smart meter scheme could be an “IT disaster”, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has said.

The risks involved with “the largest UK government-run IT project in history” were “staggering”, a report said.

It recommended that the government drastically scale back the programme or abandon it altogether.

Smart Energy GB, the independent body set up to publicise smart meters, said the IoD wanted to take the UK “back to an analogue dark age”.

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