Residents who may need extra support during a power cut are being urged to sign up to UK Power Networks’ free Priority Service Register by East Worthing and Shoreham’s MP.
At a recent parliamentary event hosted by the company, Tim Loughton heard how people on the register will be offered extra help in the event of a power cut.
It is designed to help people who rely on power for medical needs or who feel more at risk for other reasons, such as having a young baby or an elderly relative in the house.
There are already 4,584 people on the register in the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency.
Mr Loughton said: “I’m sure every one of us knows somebody who could benefit from being on UK Power Networks’ Priority Service Register, whether it be a friend, relative or neighbour. Power cuts are very rare, but there’s no harm in being prepared.
“There are plenty of ways they can provide support to suit your needs, and it only takes five minutes to sign up. I would urge people who think they might be eligible to join the register to contact UK Power Networks.”
People who register can expect to receive a welcome pack with advice on how to prepare for a power cut, a 24-hour priority phone number and regular updates until the power is back on, regular text updates if you text ‘Power’ followed by a postcode to 80876, and a home visit from UK Power Networks’ staff or through one of its charity partners, the British Red Cross.
In the past few years more than 500,000 people have signed up to the register with the help of Age UK, the Royal Association for Deaf People, and Carers Trust.
To apply visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority ring 0800 169 9970, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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