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VIDEO: Left in the dark? Power cut compensation to improve

'More could have been done' - that is the verdict after thousands of people suffered a miserable Christmas last year - when devastating storms left homes without power across huge areas of the south east.

Energy companies accused of failing their customers have been ordered to pay out more than £3 million pounds and double their compensation payments to customers after an inquiry into how they handled the storms.

Ofgem, the energy watchdog, found that companies like SSE and UK Power Networks could and should have worked faster to get customers reconnected - and keep them better informed.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Yalding resident Erica Olivares and Mark Mathieson from SSE power distribution.

Jobs hope for Dungeness workers

The owners of Dungeness B power station say they are confident that its lifetime will be extended until 2028. The facility was due to be decommissioned in four year's time. A final decision on its future will be made by the end of this year.

The station employs around 750 staff and is claimed to contribute around £30m to the local economy each year.

Dungeness in Kent could remain in operation until 2028 Credit: Press Association Images


Help and advice for residents

West Sussex County Council says it is ready to offer help and advice to vulnerable people who may still be suffering from a loss of power as a result of the storm that swept across the county on Monday.

The council is urging vulnerable people or residents who know of someone in their area affected by this to contact them on 01243 642104.It's believed that in some parts of West Sussex, power supplies may not be back to normal until Wednesday.