30 JAN 2017

Lighting the way for Maidstone's vulnerable

MP Helen Grant has urged her Maidstone and the Weald constituents to sign up to receive help in the event of a power cut.

The Priority Services Register is a free service run by UK Power Networks which provides vulnerable people with the support they need in the event of a power cut.

A number of people in the Maidstone area are already signed up to the register, however Mrs Grant has called on her constituents to investigate whether anybody they know may be eligible for the scheme.

The service is available to a wide range of people including those who rely on power for medical needs, have young children, or are recovering from an operation, however the company will consider any application made.

The register ensures that vulnerable people will receive extra support if they experience a power cut, including a 24-hour priority phone number to call 

for updates, and the possibility of home visits, hot meals and even a free hotel overnight stay.

Anybody signed up will also receive a free pack which contains helpful items including a plug-in-the-wall torch that automatically switches on when there is a power cut, a glow stick and a storage bottle where people can keep vital personal and medical information in the event of an emergency.

"I am fully supportive of this sensible service and I would urge any of my constituents who are in need of extra support to make an application. It is vital that we protect the most vulnerable members of society in the event of a power cut and I commend UK Power Networks for taking the initiative on this issue."

Customers can apply to join the register by visiting www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority, calling 0800 169 9970, or emailing psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk

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