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Our complaints procedure for energy is designed to help you make sure that all your queries are answered to your satisfaction. There are several steps you can follow to make sure your points are fully answered.
Independent help and advice is available at any stage from the Citizens Advice consumer service.
When you telephone us with a problem our adviser will attempt to resolve matters with you while you are on the call. However, if necessary your complaint will be escalated to a Manager or specialist team. We want to agree a solution by 8pm the following working day.
If you write to us with a problem, we aim to fully resolve matters by 8pm the following working day after we receive your letter. Please include your name, account number and/or full address so we can contact you back. We may try to contact you by telephone to help with this resolution.
If, at any time, you would prefer to talk to us face to face about your complaint, you can visit one of our Customer Service Centres. Please contact us for details of your nearest office.
If we cannot resolve your complaint fully or have not agreed a form of resolution by 8pm the following working day after your first contact, then you can proceed to the next step.
You can contact the Head of Customer Service Team, providing your name, account number and/or full address, as follows:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Phone - 0800 975 77722Online - Online complaint formPost – PO Box 7506, Perth PH1 3QR
The Ombudsman Services: Energy will carry out an independent investigation on your behalf. As part of resolving your complaint the Ombudsman Services: Energy may ask us to make an apology or give an explanation. They can also ask us to take remedial action and may require us to award compensation. Any decision the Ombudsman Services: Energy makes will be binding on our company, but not on you, so you can seek further advice if you wish to.
Here's how to contact the Ombudsman Services: Energy:
Phone - 0330 440 1624Textphone - 0330 440 1600Email - email@example.com Website -www.ombudsman-services.org/energy
You can read the Complaint Handling Regulations on the legislation.gov.uk website.
Whenever a customer expresses any dissatisfaction with our products or services, we record this as a complaint.
Our key complaint figures are shown below1.
No of complaints received
No of complaints received per 100,000 accounts
No of complaints resolved
No of complaints resolved per 100,000 accounts
% complaints resolved by the end of the next working day
% of complaints resolved within 8 weeks
1 October 2014 to 31 December 2014
1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014
1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014
1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014
We're continually making improvements to our service and we're pleased this is reflected in a reduced number of complaints received between October and December 2014, a reduction we've maintained for the last two quarters.
As a result of our focus on reacting quickly when customers complain, we've maintained our performance over the last year by resolving over 80% of complaints by the end of the next working day. Similarly, the number of complaints resolved within eight weeks has stayed at around 97% over the last year. This reduces the need for customers to contact a third party, such as the energy ombudsman and this has also helped us maintain our lead position in the Citizens Advice Supplier Performance league3.
Find more information about what we're doing to tackle the cause of these complaints.
Our regulator Ofgem has written to ask how we will improve the way we handle complaints.
Click here to see our reply
Over the 12 months that ended on 30 September 2014 we received
816,6471 made 'an expression of dissatisfaction'.
Of the complaints we resolved during that period, 158,3151 were not fully resolved by the end of the next working day after they were received
PDF file: Annual Complaints Report for energy (769KB)
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SSE is a trading name of: SSE Energy Supply Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 03757502 (Supply of Electricity, Home Phone, Broadband and Feed in Tariffs);Southern Electric Gas Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 02716495 (Supply of Gas); SSE Water Limited Registered in England & Wales No. 06021063 (Supply of Water); SSE Home Services Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC292102 (Heating & Wiring, Shield Care & Servicing, Gas Installations & Eco); SSE Energy Solutions Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC386054 (Energy Efficiency Installations & Insulation Products); SSE Green Deal Provider Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC432920 (Green Deal scheme); SSE Retail Limited Registered in Scotland No. SC213458 (Retail Appliances) All members of the SSE Group
The Registered Office of SSE Energy Supply Limited, Southern Electric Gas Limited & SSE Water Limited is 55 Vastern Road Reading Berkshire RG1 8BU
The Registered Office of SSE Home Services Limited, SSE Energy Solutions Limited, SSE Green Deal Provider Limited & SSE Retail Limited is Inveralmond House 200 Dunkeld Road Perth PH1 3AQ
SSE Energy Supply Limited, SSE Water Limited, SSE Home Services Limited, SSE Green Deal Provider Limited and SSE Retail Limited are all authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for certain consumer credit activities.