Contact the consumer helpline
Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline if you need more help with a consumer problem.
Call the helpline
Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 0808 223 1133
Relay UK - if you can't hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0808 223 1133
You can use Relay UK with an app or a textphone. There’s no extra charge to use it. Find out how to use Relay UK on the Relay UK website.
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Lines are closed on bank holidays.
To contact a Welsh-speaking adviser: 0808 223 1144
An adviser will answer your call as soon as possible, usually within a few minutes. Once you're speaking to an adviser your call should take an average of 8 to 10 minutes.
Calls from mobiles and landlines are free.
You can talk about your consumer issue with a trained adviser online.
Talk to us about an energy problem
Talk to us about another kind of consumer problem
We can usually help between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
We’ll try to help you solve your problem or make good progress towards it.
To connect you to the right adviser, we’ll ask you for a few details, including your postcode.
Our chat advisers can’t help with post problems but you can use an online form instead.
Use an online form
You can contact us using our online forms - available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
How the consumer helpline can help you
The helpline adviser can:
- give you practical and impartial advice on how to resolve your consumer problem
- tell you the law which applies to your situation
- pass information about complaints on to Trading Standards (you can’t do this yourself)
However, the adviser can’t:
- make a complaint for you
- take legal action on your behalf
Before you contact the helpline
Before you contact the helpline, you should have a pen and paper ready.
To help the adviser give you the most relevant advice, you should be ready to give them as much of the following information as you can:
- brief details of your problem, eg when you paid for the item or the service, how much you paid, how you paid for it, whether you did so in a shop or online
- the seller or trader’s name and address
- what you’ve done so far to try to solve the issue
- your reference number (if you’ve already contacted the helpline about the same problem)
Our staff have the right to do their jobs without being treated badly - find out how we deal with unacceptable behaviour.
What we do with your information
We’ll use the information you’ve given us to answer your query. We might contact you to get your feedback on our service.
We’ll also share your information with Trading Standards and other trusted organisations we work with to help their consumer protection work. They could contact you with more advice, or to ask for more information that will help them with their work.
Tell us when you contact the consumer service if you don’t want your information to be shared.
If you’re unhappy with the service you've received
You should follow our complaints procedure.
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