Wednesday 3 April 2013

SSE fined £10.5m by Ofgem for misselling; £5m fund set up for consumers, do you have a claim?

Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, has today published its intention to fine SSE £10.5 million for numerous breaches of its obligations relating to telephone, in store and doorstep sales activities. The level of fine reflects the seriousness and duration of breaches, the likely substantial harm that they have caused and the likely gain to SSE.

Ofgem found that a failure of SSE’s management arrangements meant that insufficient attention was paid to ensuring compliance with obligations. This enabled misleading and unsubstantiated statements to be made by sales agents to potential customers about savings. Ofgem found failings at all stages of SSE’s sales processes, from the opening lines on the doorstep, in-store or over the phone through to the confirmation process which follows a sale.

In particular, SSE consistently failed, over a prolonged period of time, to conduct its sales activities in a way that would provide clear and accurate information on prices and potential savings to enable customers to make an informed decision about whether to switch suppliers. Although SSE terminated doorstep sales in July 2011, failures in telephone and in-store sales persisted.

SSE has in place a £5 million misselling fund, where customers can receive compensation if they have been missold to. Ofgem would encourage anyone who believes they have been missold to by SSE to call the fund’s dedicated line on 0845 0707 388.

1 comment:

  1. Stephen K Davion3 April 2013 at 12:36

    I heard that SSE is apologized after the penalty was imposed on it ... in this article it is mentioned that " The fine is the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier by the watchdog " ....