Council in Yorkshire ‘has not paid for gas for about 17 years’

A council in East Riding, Yorkshire has not paid for its gas supply for 18 years!

The Beverly City Government has launched an investigation into why it does not have a gas supplier “despite using and receiving gas since 2004.”

Northern Gas Networks has confirmed that there has “never been a registered gas supply”.

Councilor Denis Healy said: “In mid-November 2021, the gas boiler at the City Council’s offices at 12 Well Lane, Beverly stopped working and in attempting to resolve this technical issue, it became clear to the Acting City Clerk that the Council does not have a gas supplier , although it has been consuming and consuming gas since 2004.

The acting town clerk has been in contact with gas supply company Northern Gas Networks (NGN) who have confirmed there has never been a registered gas delivery to 12 Well Lane. The property lease for 12 Well Lane states that the supply of utilities is the responsibility of the tenant.

“NGN has reminded the City Council that it is a legal requirement to register a gas supply under the Gas Act 1986 and that legislation directs NGN to recover monies lost through unregistered gas use.

“NGN has confirmed that they will use standard tariffs provided to them by gas regulator Ofgem to calculate a back payment for unpaid gas dating back to 2004.

“NGN has also directed the council to take immediate steps to appoint a gas supplier, a procedure which the acting town clerk is holding and, at the time of writing, is awaiting correspondence from British Gas to resolve the matter.”

Joanna Ferguson, NGN’s Head of Market Services and Regulatory Compliance, told ELN, “The Beverly City Council has notified us of the issue with the property and the City Council is in the process of registering the meter with a supplier.

“When this process is complete, we will continue to work with them to reach a common position on the final payment, which will be calculated at industry standard fees for a property of this type.”

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