Smart meters: A timeline of the UK rollout - Energy customers are cynical about the rollout - click through its history

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UPDATED - 17 August 2016 The rollout of the national smart meter programme has faced yet another setback, with the launch of a new government body called the Data and Communications Company (DCC) delayed by one month.

The DCC is supposed to be in charge of the overall infrastructure of the smart meter rollout, which intends to install smart meters in every home and business by 2020. Scroll on to slide nine for the latest.

Smart meters will be installed by utility companies across all UK homes and businesses by 2020, the government says – however the progress has been slow and hampered by several setbacks.

The public appear to have little faith that it will hit its target and remains on the fence about whether the scheme truly benefits the taxpayer’s pocket or simply the utility firms' data banks.

Computerworld UK breaks down the history of the smart meter rollout, including up-to-date figures released by the government at the end of 2014.