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Britain's largest electricity distributor agrees to pay £14.9m into redress fund

EconomyBritain's largest electricity distributor agrees to pay £14.9m into redress fund


Britain’s largest electricity distributor agrees to pay £14.9m into redress fund after it fails to offer support during power cuts to vulnerable customers

Britain’s largest electricity distributor has agreed to pay £14.9m into a redress fund after it failed to offer proper support during power cuts to some of its 1.7m vulnerable customers. 

Energy watchdog Ofgem said National Grid’s Western Power Distribution did not provide adequate information, advice and aid. 

Network firms have a duty to provide extra support to customers in vulnerable circumstances. 

Admission: Energy watchdog Ofgem said National Grid's Western Power Distribution did not provide adequate information

Admission: Energy watchdog Ofgem said National Grid’s Western Power Distribution did not provide adequate information

A probe by Ofgem in 2020 found a failure to quickly notify and update some people affected by cuts about when power would be restored and what aid was available. 

Cathryn Scott, at Ofgem, said: ‘In our view it took too long to put this right. This is totally unacceptable.’ 

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