Yes, and absolutely screwing you if you don't. Who the hell wants to be sitting there monitoring such a device all the time. I certainly don't.it's a back door for variable pricing (which is currently being trialled, offering discounts to those with smart meters if they turn off during peak demand)
Oh, I thought you could. You sound as though you're speaking with some authority on the subject, so have you got some documentary reference?if your meter is deemed as requiring replacing to remain accurate you cannot refuse. You can ask for a non smart meter and if they've still got some they might give you one, but you can't insist. The right to refuse smart meter installation expires when your old meter is life expired.
Extrapolating backwards, mine are from when the house was built in 1988, so almost 35. The gas has recently started its second trip round the clock. Electricity must already be on it. They sent me something saying the gas one had to replaced 'shortly' a few years ago, and some blather about smart meters, but I ignored it, and the expected follow up never came.My gas meter from 1999 is probably overdue to be honest.