MP’s warning over electricity supply change

Paul Maynard-MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
Paul Maynard-MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
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A Fylde Coast MP is warning people to be aware of a hard sell tactic used by third party intermediaries in the supply of electricity.

The issues came to the attention of Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard MP when he moved to a new office in the Blackpool Technology Management Centre at Faraday Way.

The move prompted several calls from electricity supply companies.

One caller claimed to be working with British Gas giving the impression they were after an electricity metre reading.

Mr Maynard said after agreeing a deal with British Gas Business , his office received a call from an organisation called Commercial Support Services claiming they worked with British Gas and needed some information from the metre.

He said: “My staff member got a little suspicious as we had just signed up with British Gas and had provided all the requested details.

“After asking a few questions to find out the true intent of the call the caller got quite angry and aggressive.

“The call was terminated and my staff then called British Gas Business to seek their advice.

“My concern is that information may have been supplied that could have been sold on or used in a way to mislead.

“After raising this matter with British Gas, Ofgem, and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy I am now more aware than ever of the lengths some firms will go to.

“I would warn all businesses who are contacted by these third parties to ask if they have signed up to British Gas’ Broker Framework Agreement.”