'Average' and 'could' the last vestige of someone afraid of the truth, you can do all of this without a smart meter.
If you have a smart meter you can be disconnected remotely - fact. Also with the much predicted future power reductions it means that the authorities can disconnect you and not your neighbour, ie currently they can shut down a small substation that say supplies 100 households, but if one of them needs power for say a medical condition they cannot be turned off, so with a smart meter you get turned off, they dont.
Please dont try and tinfoil hot me, you heard it here first.
Users of smart meters are subject to the same disconnection rules as non-smart meter users.
If you let your energy bills build up, there is a risk of eventually being disconnected. Here we explain the rules, what should happen if you are disconnected and the help available to you to get reconnected.