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Citizens Advice responds to Ofcom’s proposals on end-of-contract notifications

31 July 2018

This morning Ofcom has proposed new rules that will mean telecoms companies must notify consumers when their contract is coming to an end.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“Consumers who stick with their broadband or mobile services end up paying more, so end-of-contract notifications are a step in the right direction.

“Our research shows broadband consumers pay an average £113 loyalty penalty per year if they do not switch.

“For mobiles, these proposals don’t go far enough. Over a million of people are still being charged for a mobile handset they have already paid off - an extra £22 a month on average. This unacceptable practice needs to stop.”

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