Man baffled by £2 trillion compensation cheque from Northern Powergrid

A Yorkshire man took to Twitter to express mock-gratitude and confusion for receiving a compensation cheque from Northern Powergrid for an eye-watering sum of money greater than £2trillion.

Gareth Hughes, an accountant from Hebden Bridge, posted a picture of the cheque on the social media platform which has since gone viral, showing a cheque made out to himself from the energy provider for a staggering £2,324,252,080,110.

Jokingly, Mr Hughes thanked Northern Powergrid for the compensation.

He posted: "Thank you for our compensation payment @Northpowergrid for the several days we were without power following #stormarwen Before I bank the cheque however, are you 100% certain you can afford this? #trillionpounds."

Northern Power Grid, which sent the cheque to Mr Hughes for Storm Arwen-related damages, thanked him for bringing the mistake to the company's attention and calling the incorrect figure an "oversight".

The provider then asked for his contact details so the error could be corrected.

Mr Hughes followed up with a further tweet, advising Northern Powergrid to check other payments made, as he knew of at least four neighbours who also received cheques for the same, whopping amount.

Naturally, Twittersphere has dined out on the gaff.

One user wrote: "I would have so banked it…"

A second user commented: "No wonder our bills are so big!"

While a third referenced "partygate" writing: "You could buy a LOT of wallpaper for that and still have change for a suitcase or two of wine."

Northern Powergrid said 74 customers had been affected by the "clerical error" – and it had stopped all the cheques affected, reports iTV News.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said: “As soon as we identified the clerical error, which was caused by the electricity meter reference number being incorrectly quoted as the payment sum, we ensured all 74 customers’ cheques were stopped so they could not be cashed.

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“We have been investigating how this error happened and carrying out checks of previous payments. All indications are that this was an isolated incident.

Storm Arwen left more than 30,000 homes without power last November, in one of the most powerful storms to blast through the UK in decades and which killed three people.

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