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Jim Cunningham MP has joined Western Power Distribution (WPD) Chief Executive Robert Symons in calling on people in Coventry South to seek support if they are struggling with their energy bills.

At a meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday (January 24), they also discussed the importance of building a smart energy system that will help to ensure energy affordability for the future.

WPD operates an extensive support programme for customers in Coventry South who are unable to afford their energy and/or to keep their home adequately heated. It works with a range of partners including the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the Energy Saving Trust, and Citizens’ Advice across their regions, offering a variety of support services including:

– Income maximisation (e.g. managing debts)

– Tariff advice

– Energy efficiency measures

– Boiler replacements and heating technologies

– Behavioural changes (e.g. how best to operate your heating system)

– Health and wellbeing measures

This year WPD has helped 15,000 customers to save £3.5million a year — that’s an average saving per customer of £233.

The company is also investing in a host of new technologies, systems and skills to create the smart network of the future, including leading the world’s largest electric vehicle use trial.

It also provides a priority service for vulnerable customers when there are power cuts.

WPD’s register supports people who may be particularly vulnerable during a power cut, such as those medically dependent on electricity, those who have a particular communication need or who may just find a power cut particularly difficult such as the elderly or disabled.

To sign up for priority assistance, customers can call WPD on 0800 917 79 53. The service is free and confidential. During a power cut, they should call 105 or 0800 6783 105.

Jim Cunningham MP said:

“I was delighted to meet with Western Power Distribution and to hear about the important work it is doing in Coventry South to keep the lights on and to ensure those customers who need it get help with their energy bill and in the event of a power cut. I am calling on all residents of Coventry South to call 0800 917 79 53 if they believe they would be vulnerable if the power went off.”

“I also discussed WPD’s investment to create a smart network for residents of Coventry South. As the country’s energy use and mix changes, our networks are being asked to do more to take the load. It was great to hear how WPD is developing new skills and innovations to adapt for the future, keep costs down and give consumers greater control.”

Robert Symons, Western Power Distribution Chief Executive said:

“We were delighted to meet with Jim Cunningham MP to discuss our role of keeping the lights on and supporting our customers in Coventry South. Since 2002 we have cut the likelihood of power cuts occurring by nearly 40%. However, we cannot eliminate the chances of power cuts completely, so it is vital that we know who our most vulnerable customers are so we can support them first. We also take our role very seriously in helping to find solutions for those people who are struggling with their energy bill.

“WPD is also rising to the challenge of creating a smart network that works for everyone. We are investing £7.1 billion between 2015 and 2023 to improve network resilience, connect new homes, businesses and generation, and to roll out new innovations. We also have a fully costed £125 million plan to convert the existing network to a smart grid, becoming a ‘Distribution System Operator’, at no extra cost to customers.”

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My office will be closing for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If you need emergency assistance during this period please contact jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk 

But please be aware that many agencies and departments close down over the Christmas period so please only get in touch if you are suffering a genuine emergency. 

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I want to wish all my constituents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  My office will be closing for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will re-open...

Jim_Cunningham_MP.jpgThe MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham has told the House of Commons that the Government's recent budget is “from a Government that has run out of ideas and is lacking in imagination.”

Jim Cunningham said;

“The reality is that there was nothing in this budget that will help ordinary working people. Under seven years of a Tory Government, we have seen wages fall, the inequality gap grow and now we see public and private investment falling as consumer and business confidence in the UK is shaky at best.

“This is a budget that does almost nothing for ordinary hard working people in Coventry South. It failed on housing, because developers are still in control, it failed on income deciding to keep low pay for thousands of my constituents and it failed on Brexit, offering to pay more to the EU but failing to set out what our future relationship will be.

“This is a Government no longer fit to govern. The sooner they give it up and admit it’s been a bad job, the better. Coventry can’t stand much longer of this Tory Government.”

 

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