Ofgem made changes to broaden the Register's eligibility to ensure that people are considered based on their circumstances — not just a list of characteristics.
Previously, only aspects like age and disability were considered. Now, though, customers simply need to identify themselves to the supplier, who will then assess their circumstances and offer appropriate available services to suit them.
This is good news as more consumers will get the assistance they need, but it means there is not a definitive set of rules to check your eligibility against.
However, generally, you could be eligible for the Priority Services Register if:
You need to be supported in a particular way
You would struggle to maintain your well-being if you lost your energy supply for any amount of time
You’re of pensionable age
You are disabled
You are chronically ill or have a long-term medical condition
You have hearing or visual impairment or other communication needs
You have children under the age of five living with you
You have a mental health condition that causes you difficulty in understanding your bill
You cannot top up your pre-payment meter due to injury
You need extra support due to temporary circumstances.
What kind of help is given to vulnerable customers?
This will vary based on your needs and your supplier. We’ve collected information from some of the bigger suppliers, so you can get an idea what your supplier might offer to you.
If you would like to have access to additional services from your energy supplier, you simply need to sign up to the Priority Services Register through your current supplier. You can also ask your supplier to forward your details to your network operator if you are dependent on a consistent energy supply for medical reasons.
Can I switch supplier if I’m on the Priority Services Register?
Yes (assuming there are deals available, which currently isn't the case). You simply need to notify your new supplier that you are a vulnerable customer, and they will share their available services with you.
What other help am I eligible for?
If you're eligible for the Priority Services scheme, it's likely you'll also qualify for government initiatives to help with the cost of your energy bill. Use our interactive tool below to find out what you could be eligible for: