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Settling energy disputes

16 April 2024

The Energy Ombudsman offers free support to businesses, especially small ones, in disputes with energy suppliers. The service covers 99% of all businesses in Great Britain. The Ombudsman can order compensation or action to resolve issues, and helps avoid costly legal proceedings.

If business owners dispute with their energy suppliers, they should consider the free support the Energy Ombudsman offers.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero recently confirmed the following in a press release:

“Businesses will get free support to resolve issues with their energy contracts, as part of government and Ofgem changes to tackle cowboy practices like hidden fees, inaccurate energy bills and pressurising sales tactics for energy contracts.

“Small organisations with fewer than 50 employees will be entitled to free support from the Energy Ombudsman on disputes with their energy supplier. It will extend the service to cover 99% of all businesses in Great Britain, giving them the confidence to grow – as part of the government’s long-term plan to boost the economy and improve economic security for all.

“The Ombudsman has the power to order suppliers to provide compensation of up to £10,000 or take action to resolve issues – such as raising standards for their customers, or to credit or amend customer accounts.

“The move will also enable businesses and other organisations to settle disputes with their energy broker via the Ombudsman, without the need for costly legal proceedings – as part of changes set out by the government and Ofgem today. It is a first step in a crackdown on rogue energy brokers targeting small organisations with thousands of pounds in hidden fees.

“Energy Affordability Minister Amanda Solloway has warned energy brokers to end these unacceptable practices, with the government planning to consult later this year on regulating brokers and other third-party intermediaries.”

Source: Other Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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