• Our complaints procedure for energy customers

  • 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.

  • Step 1 - Talk to us

    We have a helpline - 0800 975 04851 - open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 2pm on Saturday, where you can talk to people who are ready to help and answer any questions you have.

    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.

    Step 2 - Head of Customer Service Team

    Following Step 1, if the complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction, then you can raise the matter with our Head of Customer Service Team, who will undertake an independent internal review and aim to reach a resolution within 5 working days.

    You can contact the Head of Customer Service Team, providing your name, account number and/or full address, as follows:

    Email - headofcustomerserviceteam@sse.com 
    Phone - 0800 975 77721
    Online -
     Online complaint form
    Post – PO Box 7506, Perth PH1 3QR

    Step 3 - Ombudsman Services: Energy

    If you haven't received a satisfactory response from our Head of Customer Service Team within five working days or if eight weeks have passed since you first registered your complaint, you can contact the Ombudsman Services: Energy. You may be referred back to us if you haven't escalated your complaint via our formal complaints process outlined in steps 1 and 2.

    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 1624
    Textphone - 0300 440 1600
    Email - enquiries@os-energy.org 
    Website -www.ombudsman-services.org/energy

    Free independent help and advice at any stage

    It's easy to get free, independent advice so that you 'Know your rights' as an energy consumer. You might want to get a better deal, find out how to make a complaint, get advice about the quality of your electricity or gas supply, or ask for help if you're struggling to pay your bills.
    To 'Know your rights' visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/energy for up to date information, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or send an email using their energy query form.

    More about complaint handling

    To find out how we deal with complaints, you can download the Complaint Handling Statement and Procedure document from the link below. You can also read our yearly Customer Complaints report:

    You can read the Complaint Handling Regulations on the legislation.gov.uk website.

  • Our Quarterly Complaints Performance

    Whenever a customer tells us they are dissatisfied with our products or services, we record this as a complaint. Our key complaint figures are shown below.



    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 July 2014 to 30 September 2014







    1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014







    1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014







    1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013







    By freezing our standard energy prices until at least 20163, we feel we're listening to our customer's concerns about energy bills. We're continually making improvements to our service and we've seen a small decrease in the number of complaints received in the last quarter, showing that our improvements are beginning to make a difference.

    As a result of our focus on reacting quickly when customers complain, we've improved throughout the year and now 85% of complaints are resolved by the end of the next working day. A lower number of customers have had their complaint open for eight weeks between April and September 2014, compared with October 2013 to March 2014. This reduces the need for customers to contact a third party, such as the Ombudsman Services: Energy. This has also helped us maintain our lead position in the Citizens Advice Supplier Performance league.

    Find more information about what we're doing to tackle the cause of these complaints.

  • 1 We may monitor your call to help improve our customer service.

    2 These figures are for all SSE Energy Supply Limited customers, supplied under Southern Electric, SSE, Scottish Hydro, SWALEC, Atlantic, M&S Energy and Ebico.
    3 Applies to all SSE, Scottish Hydro, Southern Electric, SWALEC and Atlantic domestic customers in Great Britain who are on or who move to the Standard tariff before 1 January 2016. Applies to this standard variable price only.  Domestic customers on existing fixed term contracts can switch to the frozen standard tariff at any point in their contract with no penalty/exit fees.
  • Our response to Ofgem

    Our regulator Ofgem has written to ask how we will improve the way we handle complaints.

    Click here to see our reply 

  • Our annual complaints report summary

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    Over the 12 months that ended on 30 September 2014 we received

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    8,522,8171 contacts

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    816,6471 made 'an expression of dissatisfaction'. 

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    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 

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