Energy companies’ complaints handling “not good enough”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to Ofgem’s biyearly complaints handling survey. The regulator found that satisfaction in complaints handling has improved slightly, but dissatisfaction remains high.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice, said:
“Customers need to have confidence that when something goes wrong, their supplier will deal with it. Today’s news shows this isn’t the case. While some improvements have been made, it’s simply not good enough that only a third of customers are happy with how their complaints are handled.
“Energy companies need to improve their processes for handling complaints, and do so quickly. Resolving issues in a timely manner and keeping customers informed about their complaints are just the basics. Suppliers need to also make sure that anyone who complains has access to independent advice.”
Citizens Advice provides free independent advice for anyone having problems with their energy supplier. People can find information on citizensadvice.org.uk/energy or by contacting the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
Notes to editors
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