Ofgem automatic compensation for switching problems “means welcome pressure on suppliers”, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice has responded to Ofgem’s announcement of automatic compensation for domestic energy customers when they encounter problems switching supplier.
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“Today’s announcement means welcome pressure on suppliers to get the switching process right. People can save up to £300 by changing their energy provider, but are often put off by the worry that things won’t go smoothly. It’s right that suppliers pay a price if consumers face issues like late final bills or late refunds. These protections should help increase trust in this process.
“While today’s announcement is positive news for households, small businesses will not get the same protections. Small businesses suffer similar issues to households when it comes to switching supplier and Ofgem should look to extend the protections announced today.”
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Notes to editors
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