Uk news Energy company 'weaknesses' reviewed by Ofgem as 17 told to improve - full list PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - All 17 firms who submitted data to the regulator were told they have to improve their practices.

Uk news Energy company 'weaknesses' reviewed by Ofgem as 17 told to improve - full list PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - All 17 firms who submitted data to the regulator were told they have to improve their practices.

Uk news Energy company 'weaknesses' reviewed by Ofgem as 17 told to improve - full list PremierLeague-News.Com
22 November 2022 - 14:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Ofgem has told several energy suppliers to improve how they deal with vulnerable customers after a major review. The watchdog reviewed 17 energy firms in total and identified “severe weaknesses” at five suppliers. All 17 companies who submitted data to the regulator were told they had to improve their practices. Shortcomings include failing to provide free gas safety checks on eligible homes, identifying those on pre-payment meters who are vulnerable, and providing important information to vulnerable households. Read More Related Articles Black Friday shoppers warned over buying 'counterfeit' products in sales Read More Related Articles Heating 'myths' people urged to stop believing to save money on energy bills The review had identified “severe weaknesses” at five suppliers: Good Energy Outfox SO Energy Tru Energy Utilita The report found “moderate weaknesses” at suppliers: E (Gas & Electricity) Ecotricity Green Energy UK Octopus Shell It said that seven others had shown "minor weaknesses": British Gas Bulb EDF E.ON Ovo Scottish Power Utility Warehouse The survey required firms to explain how the identify and maintain records of vulnerable customers, what issues they were facing and whether they add them to a priority register. Ofgem's director of Retail Neil Lawrence has said while some responsibility has been taken to protect these customers, more work needs to be done. Certain households are missing out on free gas checks (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Top Trending Stories Today Martin Lewis washing machine advice Parent and child parking rules explained Clothes hack to stop 'musty' wash smell Person thinks mince pies contain meat He explained: “From eligible customers who are missing out on free gas safety checks through to companies not identifying vulnerable customers to be offered obvious support on the Priority Services Register, this robust review has highlighted that suppliers need to do more to support consumers. “We welcome the cooperation from suppliers and action taken so far, and, although we are seeing some very good practice in parts of the industry, we can see there is still much more to be done.” Lawrence added that “most suppliers” take their responsibility to protect vulnerable customers seriously and that they have launched many new initiatives. But despite some improvement, he said: “We’ve seen a number of failings across the board which need to be urgently addressed.

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. “My message to suppliers today is simple – be proactive. Help your customers to know what support is available, and then deliver it.” Top Health Stories Today Small 'push up' to help burn fat I'm a Celeb Chris Moyles 6st weight loss Eight symptoms of 'killer cancer' I'm a Celeb Sue Cleaver's weight loss Simon Oscroft, co-founder of So Energy, said: “Over the course of the last months and weeks, we have provided Ofgem with extensive additional information related to this review and we are disappointed that Ofgem has proceeded on the basis of incomplete information, and in a manner that may now cause vulnerable customers unnecessary concern. “For the avoidance of doubt, So Energy has never switched a smart meter-equipped customer from credit to prepay without their knowledge and consent, and has an approach to customer vulnerability that is in line with our caring and honest values.” Utilita said: “ Ofgem's report does not represent where we are as a business today, nor does it acknowledge the significant progress we have made – and are making – since its initial assessment in early summer. “As such, we look forward to seeing Ofgem's updated report in the near future.” Rocio Concha, Which? director of policy and advocacy, said: “It’s hugely concerning to see Ofgem has found that so many energy firms are falling short on the support they provide to their most vulnerable customers. “Energy firms must urgently up their game and do everything they can to support their customers through this crisis, especially those most in need.” Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond. Sign up to our daily newsletter here. READ NEXT: Mrs Hinch fans share 6p oven hack to 'melt away' greasy glass stains Hair expert shares tips for a 'healthy scalp' and the 'only' time you should wash locks Mrs Hinch fans share easy clothes airer hack to keep 'musty' smell off washing

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