With Parliament returning from summer recess this week, Dr Dan attended a meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. With energy matters high on the agenda and the shorter days and darker nights of autumn almost upon us, Dr Dan has been keen to promote a new easy-to-remember emergency number for power cuts – 105.
105 is a free of charge service, accessible via landline or mobile, which will put customers directly through to their local electricity network operator. The service can be used for reporting or getting further updates on power cuts in their area, concerns about over or underground electricity cables or sub-stations, or especially important - for reporting any welfare concerns for those being affected by power cuts or emergencies.
In a mostly rural constituency like Dr Dan's, it is especially important that our communities look out for each other and take time this autumn and winter to spare a thought for the more vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods. Many people, particularly elderly and vulnerable, aren't sure who to call in the event of a power cut and may try to contact their energy supply company, instead of the network providers who maintain the network. This is particularly important when we are experiencing bad weather in winter as heavy storms can very quickly cause major disruption to electricity supply.
Dr Dan particularly welcomes the introduction of 105 as a service as families and businesses in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich need to know where to go if they find themselves without power, either through severe weather or other disruption to service. 105 is a single, easy to remember number which prevents any confusion around who to call and most importantly, puts people in touch with the information they need when they need it.
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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Billing (23 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information the Government holds on how many households have been on British Gas, E.on, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE's standard variable tariffs for (a) five years or more and (b) 10 years or more.
Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Admissions (17 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled, Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what sample size was used to calculate the mean hourly delivery cost for a three to four-year old place in the east of England.