Consumer unit upgrade for new sockets?

Do I need to upgrade my consumer unit if I am installing new sockets in my kitchen? Does it have to be metal? RCD?

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This is dependent on the consumer unit and protection you have in place. If there's isn't RCD protection already in place you will need this for additional sockets and ideally for existing socket outlets, if there is space to install a new circuit onto your existing consumer unit with RCD protection then no you wouldn't need a metal unit, unless it did get upgraded then it would, hope this helps
10th May 2021
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If the old consumer unit does not have rcd protection then yes, I would highly recommend having a new one installed. Any new consumer unit being installed would have to be metal to comply with the newest regulations.
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