#esanevent stimulates debate on consumer voice

On Wednesday 2 November, 18 speakers and 92 delegates came together at the iconic BT Tower for the ESAN Conference: How can the consumer voice be better heard in the regulation of essential services?  “Fantastic speakers, great content, excellently chaired”   #esanevent
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Gill Owen

2016-05-22 19.52.33It is with enormous sadness that we report that Gill Owen has died.  Gill chaired the former Public Utilities Access Forum (ESAN’s predecessor) for a number of years and she contributed greatly to PUAF’s work and development. Her expertise and knowledge in consumer policy and regulation, particularly on energy efficiency and fuel poverty, will be greatly missed.  Above all, those of us who worked with Gill will remember her friendship, warmth and humour.

Gill’s husband, David Green, has asked that, instead of flowers, people may wish to consider donations in Gill’s memory to Macmillan at:  www.macmillan.org.uk/donate.


How can the consumer voice be better heard in the regulation of essential services?

esan-logo-for-postsESAN will hold a one day conference on Wednesday 2 November 2016 focusing on the consumer voice in the regulation of essential services.  The event will be held at the BT Tower in central London. All those with an interest in consumer engagement are encouraged to attend this unmissable event.  To register your interest please contact admin@esan.org.uk.

Changes at ESAN

esan-logo-for-postsRoger Darlington writes: “Linda Lennard has now stepped down as Chair of ESAN and, as her successor, I would like to thank her for all the hard work and wise guidance that she has contributed to the organisation over the last three years. Linda managed the transition from PUAF to ESAN with a revised remit and expanded membership and she skilfully negotiated the acceptance of ESAN as a registered charity.
I am pleased to welcome Paul Sahota as our new Treasurer/Trustee. Paul is a non-executive director at SATRO, a charitable organisation promoting science, technology and maths in schools and colleges. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Member of the Institute of Risk Management.
I would like to thank our former Treasurer, Neil Ritchie and former Vice Chair, Claire Milne for all their hard work for ESAN and PUAF before that. Neil was our Treasurer for several years and before that was a very valued Secretary. I have worked with Claire over many years in many organisations and I know that she never gives less than real commitment and expertise I am delighted that both Neil and Claire will continue to be part of the ESAN network.”

Ofgem seeks insights for future regulation

Ofgem-standard-picOfgem is to begin a new process of horizon scanning. It wants to better understand what is driving system change, the likely impacts on consumers and the implications for regulation. This information will help it set priorities for the evolution of regulatory arrangements. Ofgem has issued an open letter, explaining how to get involved, asking stakeholders to register their interest at energy.futures@ofgem.gov.uk.

Making Digital Communications Work for Everyone

OfcomOn 25 February 2016, Ofcom published its initial conclusions following the review of digital communications.  In brief:

  • BT must open up its network, so competitors can connect fibre to homes and offices.
  • Openreach must be reformed to better serve UK consumers and businesses.
  • Quality of service for all customers must improve, with automatic compensation where things go wrong.

Ofcom will work with the Government to deliver a new universal right to fast, affordable broadband for every household and business in the UK.

UKRN launches leaflet for vulnerable consumers seeking support services

ukrnThe UK Regulators’ Network has today launched an advisory leaflet to help ensure vulnerable consumers get the help they need to access essential services.

Produced through a collaborative effort between Ofgem, Ofcom, Ofwat, the ORR and the CAA, the leaflet highlights a range of free support services offered by utility, telecommunications and public transport providers.

The UKRN website gives details of how to get braille, audio and large print versions of the leaflet.

Ofgem proposals for prepay customers

OfgemOfgem’s consultation on proposals to improve outcomes for prepayment customers ends 25 February 2016.

The proposals are designed to:

  • help PPM customers to access more competitive tariffs
  • address the costs consumers can face, ensuring these do not fall disproportionately on those least able to afford them, and
  • ensure that PPM customers are treated fairly by their energy providers.

Priority Services for energy consumers

On 17 December 2015, Ofgem published its final proposals for the Priority Services Register, considered integral to its consumer vulnerability strategy. The aim is to ensure that existing services relating to safety, access and communication in the energy market meet the needs of consumers in vulnerable situations.

Priority Services Register Review – Final Proposals

The consultation closes on 18 February 2016.