You can provide comments, either by posting to this forum or emailing the CAN Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments can be related to any of the specific consultation questions or more general views. We would also be very interested If you are providing your own response to the consultation and would like to send this to us for consideration.
The consultation deadline is 22 September, however, we would like to hear your views by 12 September, please, to allow time for us to incorporate them into our response.
Please refer to Ofgem's full consultation document, which is available from:
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publicat ... review.pdf
The consultation questions are as follows:
Question 1: Do you agree that energy companies should be required to offer non-financial services with the aim of equalising outcomes for customers?
Question 2: Do you agree that we should continue to prescribe a minimum set of services? Do you support the proposed list of services? What additional services, if any, do you think energy companies should be required to provide?
Question 3: If applicable, what services do you currently provide and what are the current costs of providing services (please break down by service). What financial impact do you think widening eligibility in the way we have proposed will have? Please provide evidence to support your answer.
Question 4: Do you agree that we should move away from requiring energy companies to provide services to disabled, chronically sick and pensionable age customers to an approach which requires energy companies to take reasonable steps to identify and provide appropriate services to any customer with safety, access or communication needs?
Question 5: Do you agree that energy companies should be required to maintain a wider register of consumers that they have identified as being in a vulnerable situation?
Question 6: Do you agree that suppliers, DNOs and GDNs should share information about customers’ needs with: a) each other? b) other utilities?
Question 7: Should energy companies be required to share information about customers’ needs with other fuel providers such as LPG, heating oil distributors. How could the transfer of this information work? What are the benefits and risks of sharing the information?
Question 8: Do you agree that we should stipulate the minimum details that we expect energy companies to share, for example that names and phone numbers must be shared where they are available? Is there any other information that should be shared and for what purposes?
Question 9: Do you agree that energy companies should agree common minimum ‘needs codes’ to facilitate the sharing of information? Should we require energy companies to agree these codes? How might this work and what mechanisms are already in place to facilitate this? What role would Ofgem need to have in this process?
Question 10: Should information about a customers’ needs be shared with their new supplier when they switch? What is the best way to facilitate the sharing of this information?
Question 11: Do you agree that a single cross-industry brand will raise awareness of priority services?
Question 12: Do you agree that a guidance document would help advice providers and raise awareness? Who should produce this document?
Question 13: What more can be done to raise awareness of priority services?
Question 14: Do you agree that supplier independent audits are the best way of monitoring companies’ compliance with our proposed obligations? Do you have views on the approach the audit should take and what it should cover?
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