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Direction to appoint Bulb Energy Ltd as Gas Supplier of Last Resort

Direction made by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority under standard condition 8 of the gas supply licence granted or treated as granted under section 7A(1) of the Gas Act 1986 to Bulb Energy Ltd

To: Bulb Energy Ltd (Company Number: 08469555)

Whereas:

A. The Gas And Electricity Markets Authority (the “Authority”) has the principal objective under section 4AA(1) of the Gas Act 1986 (the “Act”) to protect the interests of consumers in relation to gas conveyed through pipes.

B. The Authority’s general duties include the duty under section 4AA(2)(a) of the Act to have regard to the need to secure that all reasonable demands for gas are met.

C. Circumstances have arisen which entitle the Authority to revoke the gas supply licence of Gnergy Limited (company registration number 06993060) (“Gnergy”).

D. Bulb Energy Ltd (the “Licensee”) is the holder of a gas supply licence (the “Licence”) granted or treated as granted under section 7A(1) of the Act.

E. The Authority has the power under paragraph 1 of standard condition 8 (the “Condition”) of the Licence to direct the Licensee to supply gas to the customers of another gas supplier.

F. The Authority considers that the Licensee could comply with a last resort supply direction in respect of customers of Gnergy without significantly prejudicing its ability to continue to supply its existing customers and to fulfil its contractual obligations for the supply of gas.

G. The Authority considers it is appropriate to exercise its power under the Condition in order to protect the interests of consumers and will, in due course, separately issue and publish a notice setting out its reasons for this decision in accordance with section 38A of the Act.

Therefore:

Pursuant to the Condition of the Licence, the Authority hereby directs the Licensee to supply gas to all legal and natural persons which were being supplied by Gnergy in its capacity as a licensed gas supplier at the time and date which immediately precedes the time and date this direction takes effect (“Relevant Persons”), and otherwise in accordance with the terms of this direction, the terms of the Condition and any information or instructions which may be provided by the Authority for the purposes of identifying Relevant Persons.

This direction shall take effect on and from 05:01 hours on Sunday 22 March 2020 and shall continue in force for a period of six months on and from the date on which this direction takes effect.

Signed

Philippa Pickford

Authorised on behalf of the Authority 20 March 2020

Direction to appoint Bulb Energy Ltd as Electricity Supplier of Last Resort

Direction made by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority under standard condition 8 of the electricity supply licence granted or treated as granted under section 6(1)(d) of the Electricity Act 1989 to Bulb Energy Ltd

To: Bulb Energy Ltd (Company Number: 08469555)

Whereas:

A. The Gas And Electricity Markets Authority (the “Authority”) has the principal objective under section 3A(1) of the Electricity Act 1989 (the “Act”) to protect the interests of consumers in relation to electricity conveyed by distribution systems or transmission systems.

B. The Authority’s general duties include the duty under section 3A(2)(a) of the Act to have regard to the need to secure that all reasonable demands for electricity are met.

C. Circumstances have arisen which entitle the Authority to revoke the electricity supply licence of Gnergy Limited (company registration number 06993060) (“Gnergy”).

D. Bulb Energy Ltd (the “Licensee”) is the holder of an electricity supply licence (the “Licence”) granted or treated as granted under section 6(1)(d) of the Act.

E. The Authority has the power under paragraph 1 of standard condition 8 (the “Condition”) of the Licence to direct the Licensee to supply electricity to the customers of another electricity supplier.

F. The Authority considers that the Licensee could comply with a last resort supply direction in respect of customers of Gnergy without significantly prejudicing its ability to continue to supply its existing customers and to fulfil its contractual obligations for the supply of electricity.

G. The Authority considers it is appropriate to exercise its power under the Condition in order to protect the interests of consumers and will, in due course, separately issue and publish a notice setting out its reasons for this decision in accordance with section 49A(1)(C) of the Act.

Therefore:

Pursuant to the Condition of the Licence, the Authority hereby directs the Licensee to supply electricity to all legal and natural persons which were being supplied by Gnergy in its capacity as a licensed electricity supplier at the time and date which immediately precedes the time and date this direction takes effect (“Relevant Persons”), and otherwise in accordance with the terms of this direction, the terms of the Condition and any information or instructions which may be provided by the Authority for the purposes of identifying Relevant Persons.

This direction shall take effect on and from 00:01 hours on Sunday 22 March 2020 and shall continue in force for a period of six months on and from the date on which this direction takes effect.

Signed

Philippa Pickford

Authorised on behalf of the Authority 20 March 2020

Gnergy Limited- Notice of revocation of a gas supply licence

Notice of Revocation and Reasons for Decision

Whereas

Gnergy Limited (company registration number 06993060), having its registered office at 119 Wren Way, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8TA (“the Company”), is the holder of a Gas Supply Licence (the “Licence”) granted or treated as granted under Section 7A(1)(a) of the Gas Act 1986 (the “Act”).

1. Section 7B(3) of the Act provides that a licence granted or treated as granted under the Act may be revoked in accordance with any term contained in it.

2. Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) to the Licence provides that the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (the “Authority”) may at any time revoke the Licence on giving not less than 24 hours’ notice where it is unable to pay its debts (within the meaning of section 123(1) or (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986).

3. On 20 March 2020, the Authority made an application to the Chancery Division of the High Court (the “Court”) under Part 8 of the Civil Procedure Rules for a declaration to the effect that:

3.1. The Company is unable to pay its debts (within the meaning of section 123(1)(e) and (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986); and

3.2. therefore the condition, as set out in Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence is satisfied.

4. On 20 March 2020, the Court issued an order making a declaration to the effect set out in paragraph 3 above and, therefore, the Authority is satisfied that Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence applies.

5. For the following reasons, the Authority has decided that, in order to protect the interests of consumers, it is appropriate to give notice to revoke the Licence (with effect from 05:01 on 22 March 2020) in accordance with schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence:

5.1. given that the Company is unable to pay its debts, the Authority is not satisfied that the company will be able to continue to provide or otherwise procure the services necessary for supplying gas to its customers or to pay charges under the industry arrangements;

5.2. the Authority has decided to initiate the process to appoint a supplier of last resort (“SoLR”) pursuant to its powers under condition 8 of the Standard Conditions for Gas Supply, in order to ensure continuity of supplies of gas to the Company’s customers, and payment of appropriate charges from the date on which the SoLR direction takes effect; and

5.3. the revocation of the Licence would ultimately be necessary for SoLR arrangements to come into effect.

Therefore

6. The Authority hereby gives notice that, unless the Authority otherwise directs, with effect from 05:01 on 22 March 2020, the Licence shall be revoked.

The Official seal of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority here affixed is authenticated by –

Lesley Nugent

Authorised in that behalf by the Authority 20 March 2020

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave: employer guide

An employee may be eligible for Parental Bereavement Leave and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay if they or their partner either:

  • has a child who has died under 18 years old
  • had a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy

The death or stillbirth must have happened on or after 6 April 2020.

Statutory Parental Bereavement Leave

An employee can take 2 weeks’ leave from the first day of their employment for each child who has died or was stillborn.

They can choose to take:

  • 2 weeks together
  • 2 separate weeks of leave
  • only one week of leave

The leave:

  • can start on or after the date of the death or stillbirth
  • must finish within 56 weeks of the date of the death or stillbirth

Taking leave with other types of statutory leave

If the employee was on another type of statutory leave when the death or stillbirth happened, Parental Bereavement Leave must start after that other leave has ended. This includes if the statutory leave is for another child.

If an employee’s Parental Bereavement Leave is interrupted by the start of another type of statutory leave, they can take their remaining entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave after that other leave has ended.

The remaining Parental Bereavement Leave must still be taken within 56 weeks of the date of death or stillbirth.

Parental Bereavement Leave can be taken between blocks of shared parental leave which had already been booked when the child died, even if the shared parental leave is for another child.

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay for an eligible employee is either £151.20 a week or 90% of their average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). Tax and National Insurance need to be deducted.

Some employment types, like agency workers, directors and educational workers, have different rules for entitlement.

Your company can offer more leave and pay but you can only recover 2 weeks’ payment for each employee and for each death.

You should make sure your Parental Bereavement Leave and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay policies are clear and easily accessible to staff.

Employment rights

An employee’s rights (like the right to pay rises, holidays and returning to a job) are protected during Parental Bereavement Leave.

You still have to pay Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay even if you stop trading.

Gnergy Limited- Notice of revocation of an electricity supply licence

Notice of Revocation and Reasons for Decision

Whereas

Gnergy Limited (company registration number 06993060), having its registered office at 119 Wren Way, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8TA (“the Company”), is the holder of an Electricity Supply Licence (the “Licence”) granted or treated as granted under Section 6(1)(d) of the Electricity Act 1989 (the “Act”).

1. Section 6(8) of the Act provides that a licence granted or treated as granted under the Act may be revoked in accordance with any term contained in it.

2. Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) to the Licence provides that the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (the “Authority”) may at any time revoke the Licence on giving not less than 24 hours’ notice where it is unable to pay its debts (within the meaning of section 123(1) or (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986).

3. On 20 March 2020, the Authority made an application to the Chancery Division of the High Court (the “Court”) under Part 8 of the Civil Procedure Rules for a declaration to the effect that:

3.1. The Company is unable to pay its debts (within the meaning of section 123(1)(e) and/or (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986); and

3.2. therefore the condition, as set out in Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence is satisfied.

4. On 20 March 2020, the Court issued an order making a declaration to the effect set out in paragraph 3 above and, therefore, the Authority is satisfied that Schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence applies.

5. For the following reasons, the Authority has decided that, in order to protect the interests of consumers, it is appropriate to give notice to revoke the Licence (with effect from 00:01 on 22 March 2020) in accordance with schedule 2(1)(f)(i) of the Licence:

5.1. given that the Company is unable to pay its debts, the Authority is not satisfied that the company will be able to continue to provide or otherwise procure the services necessary for supplying electricity to its customers or to pay charges under the industry arrangements;

5.2. the Authority has decided to initiate the process to appoint a supplier of last resort (“SoLR”) pursuant to its powers under condition 8 of the Standard Conditions for Electricity Supply, in order to ensure continuity of supplies of electricity to the Company’s customers, and payment of appropriate charges from the date on which the SoLR direction takes effect; and

5.3. the revocation of the Licence would ultimately be necessary for SoLR arrangements to come into effect.

Therefore

6. The Authority hereby gives notice that, unless the Authority otherwise directs, with effect from 00:01 on 22 March 2020, the Licence shall be revoked.

The Official seal of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority here affixed is authenticated by –

Lesley Nugent

Authorised in that behalf by the Authority 20 March 2020

Speech: Business Secretary appeals to everyone to stay calm and carry on the good work

Our country and economy need all our support in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. This is a shared national effort and workers and businesses, across the country, have answered the call to action.

Workers across all industries and sectors are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our nation. Whether it is the millions of people working from home, or the army of workers in distribution centres, supermarkets, transport, construction and manufacturing across the country, you are all playing your part in keeping Britain moving, so that as a nation we can support our fantastic NHS workers on the frontline of this pandemic.

Worker Safety

I want to recognise and pay tribute to those efforts. We appreciate just how tough the situation is. The government has asked people to take unprecedented action by staying at home other than for four exceptions — to buy essentials, for one form of exercise a day, to attend medical appointments, or for work which cannot be done from home.

Safety has always been our number-one priority — and throughout this crisis, we have followed the scientific and medical advice. The government has provided guidance on how those who cannot do their work from home can continue to operate safely in the workplace. I want everyone to be assured that if they are in their workplace, keeping our economy going, they know what they need to do to play their part in reducing the spread of coronavirus. Many employers are already taking measures to ensure the safety of their workers.

Supermarkets, for instance, have put down two-metre markings on shop floors, installed protective screens for cashiers and are disinfecting stations for trolleys and baskets. Construction firms have changed shift patterns and numbers on sites to maintain social-distancing rules. Without the valiant efforts of builders and engineers, who have worked flat out, vital infrastructure such as the NHS Nightingale hospital would not have been built in record time.

Stepping up

We have also seen gin distilleries and breweries like Brewdog start developing hand sanitiser to help meet the unprecedented demand at this time, and staff in distribution centres are keeping the public stocked up on essential items.

These are just a few examples of businesses and workers from across the UK that are stepping up to protect our people and economy. It reinforces the fact that businesses are a force for good as we tackle the coronavirus pandemic. It is crucial that when we overcome this crisis, as in time we will, the UK’s economy is ready to bounce back and businesses are in a good position to move forward.

And all of those who have had to go to work — to stack shelves, to keep phone lines connected, to drive our trains or to build vital infrastructure — deserve the understanding of others as they go about their work. Instances of abuse being thrown at these people are completely unacceptable — they are keeping us safe, keeping us fed and keeping us connected.

While our fantastic NHS workers and the wider carer community are rightly at the forefront of our minds, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working to support them by keeping our economy going. You are doing your bit to deliver for our country. Times are tough — and we have harder times ahead of us. But I know that, together, we will pull through.

Open consultation: Heat networks: building a market framework

In order to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, nearly all heat in buildings will need to be decarbonised. Heat networks are a crucial aspect of the path towards decarbonising heat.

In this consultation, we are seeking views on policy options for regulating heat networks to protect consumers and ensure fair pricing, while supporting market growth and the development of low-carbon networks.

This consultation sets out:

  • measures to increase levels of investment in the sector, such as provision of market information and support for strengthening local approaches that will help generate additional demand certainty on projects
  • policy options for establishing a market framework to deliver important consumer protections, equivalent to those offered to gas and electricity customers, as the market expands
  • proposals relating to the choice of regulator, the regulatory approach, enforcement powers and step-in arrangements
  • proposals for protecting consumers including on transparency, pricing and quality of service standards
  • proposals for developing technical standards and certification and accreditation processes to improve the quality, cost and reliability of heat networks
  • proposals for giving heat networks equivalent rights and powers (such as undertaker or statutory access rights) compared with other utilities
  • proposals to drive decarbonisation of heat networks and use of waste-heat sources

We have also published:

  • an impact assessment – providing indicative costs of each regulatory option considered
  • the International review of heat networks market frameworks – commissioned by BEIS from CAG consultants – an important resource to understand how other countries have approached heat network regulation

Extension to consultation end date

In the light of COVID-19, we have extended the consultation period to give people more time to respond.

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