National Grid, the electricity transmission company, has called in The
Maitland Consultancy to advise on communications strategy during its
battle with electricity regulator Stephen Littlechild.
Hired a fortnight ago on a project basis, the agency, headed by Angus
Maitland, is advising National Grid on how best to communicate its
objections to Littlechild’s proposals for new price controls.
In a surprisingly severe ruling last month Littlechild said he wanted to
cut revenues by pounds 1.2 billion over four years to finance a pounds 4
reduction in the average household bill. National Grid argues the
proposals would stunt dividend growth and force job cuts.
Peter Gavan, National Grid’s director of corporate affairs said that The
Maitland Consultancy had been recruited to ‘give advice on how best to
get across our arguments in relation to the regulator’s proposals’.
He added: ‘It is contingency planning as well as strategic advice. The
process is one of preparation for all eventualities and we have to keep
an eye to where we are going in the next six months.’