Direct debits do not normally have an amount specified on them. Standing orders have an amount specified on them.
They work differently.
A standing order for a fixed amount is instigated by you and pays the money every month.
A direct debit is instigated by the intended recipient and they request the money every month from your bank and your bank pays it provided they have a mandate/authority from you to do so.
The reason that institutions like direct debits is because of the amount of money changes, as it would do, for example, with insurance premiums or rent, is that they do not need another form and to chase the paying party which they would do if it was a standing order.
However the Direct Debit Guarantee scheme will refund any payments that you did not authorise:
These companies will not just take any amount of money because of they start shenanigans, they will simply have the facility to take Direct Debit withdrawn and they wouldn’t want that because it’s not an easy facility to get in the first place.
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