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Ve got an issue with electric supplier Assistant: Where is

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Hello've got an issue with electric supplier
Assistant: Where is this? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Manchester, Eccles
Assistant: What steps have been taken so far?
Customer: Hello,
My name is*****'m currently customer of Utilita.
I need to claim, because more than 40 days I need to fight with them, holding on phone couple of times, long conversations, to make clear missunderstanding - they apologized that was their fault - didn't update my payments in their system. They promised, already 3 times, the object request of my new supplier, won't repeat, but every time happen same and same situation. I am, literaly, sick now, after causing me all of this stress - to used to need to go to top op, after I'm getting home.. This is horrible method of using electricity and I wish to change supplier since 2months ago, but I just can't because of Utilita and I am prevented every time. I been paid off all my bills, I can prove it by statements, they know that and everything sounds well on phone, but after my new supplier send them a new request, they object it again and again.
Please, help
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, just to help me switching the supplier please

Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you this evening

Have you made a complaint to your energy provider as yet?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
No
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I complained to them ON PHONE 3times and they apologized every time

Thanks, you need to go through a procedure in that case - which starts with a formal complaint.

If you make a formal complaint (you don't say which provider you are with but their complaints email address will be available online if you do a search) and if that does not resolve the matter ask them for a "deadlock letter", which is a letter giving their final response.

Once you have the deadlock letter the next step would be to escalate this to Ofgem (their regulator) - they will investigate and liaise with the energy company which would hopefully result in a refund of any over payments you have made and a reduction in the bill (or a cancellation). They can order the energy company to make a financial award for inconvenience if they have acted badly.

The service is covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 so you have a right to expect a reasonable service which is carried out with care and skill - if you do not then the regulator will step in but it also means you can sue for any damages or losses incurred as a result of the energy company's conduct.

You can make the complaint to the Ombudsman here :

https://www.ombudsman-services.org/sectors/energy or you can send them an email to : [email protected]­energy.org

If they sue then the court will send you a claim form and a response pack - you must fill in the response pack to confirm you want to defend the claim and then return it to the court. If you ignored it or delayed then the claimant can request default judgment (which means a county court judgment, or a CCJ).

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Many thanks,

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