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  1. https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2019/02/6-years-on-uk-isp-supanet-chase-former-customers-for-unpaid-bills.html A number of former Supanet (Supatel / TimeTalk) customers have been in contact (with ISPreview) to complain that the ISP has recently started chasing them for alleged unpaid bills, some of which include vague demands for up to nearly £800. In most cases those being targeted left the broadband provider 4-6 years ago. From Linked Comments "This all relates to former Time Computers and the subsequent string of offshoots, where money (quits a lot actually)
  2. EDF Energy is upping electricity prices by 2.7%, hitting about 1.3 million customers in the pocket. The company said the rise would add about £16 a year to dual fuel households. Gas prices remain unchanged, it said. As a result, typical dual-fuel customers will see their bill rise by 1.4%, or £16 a year, bringing the typical annual bill to £1,158 a year. The move comes just two days after British Gas became the first of the so-called Big 6 energy providers to break ranks and increase tariffs. https://uk.yahoo.com/finance/news/1-3m-edf-energy-customers-hit-2-7-rise-electrici
  3. British Gas is raising dual fuel bills by 5.5% hitting an estimated 4.1 million customers with a £60 a year hike. The energy giant blamed the move on rising wholesale prices and policy costs. The price of the British Gas standard variable tariff will climb by £60 to £1,161, an average 5.5% rise for a typical dual fuel customer. Mark Hodges, chief executive, Centrica Consumer, said: “We fully understand that any price increase adds extra pressure on customers’ household bills. “This increase we are announcing today is reflective of the costs we are seeing which are beyond ou
  4. It's only taken them 20 months to tell me this. I applied for council tax online in Feb last year and got a letter in standard size print. Ok, fair enough, there's no option for letters to be sent out in large print. I spoke to someone in the council and asked for my letters to be in large print. I was told this would happen. It never has done. I've asked every single time I've received a letter and have been told each time it would happen. In August, I was told they had put something on my file stating that I needed my letters in large print which someone had missed. I was
  5. Hi I'm pulling my hair out with an ongoing council tax issue or issue's' rather ! I recently received 8 letters from my local council about old council tax bills dating as far back as 2008! The bills are for a number of different properties (I've moved around a lot) A couple of them are final small bills that I've missed after moving out, another is for a shared property where I paid my share and unfortunately someone else didn't and another is for two months after I moved out of a property. In 2012, my car was seized unfairly (I used it for self employment at the time and
  6. Hello Friends, Scottish Power, my previous energy provider, had some misleading text on the bills about my current and the best tariff possible and this caused me to not switch to the best tariff. I raised this with energy ombudsman, who agreed with me and asked Scottish Power to pay me Goodwill gesture of £30.00 for shortfall in service. However the ombudsman said they cannot ask Scottish Power to pay for consequential losses due to misleading literature, which would be to apply correct rate retrospectively. Ombudsman said that compensations like consequential losses, stress et
  7. Thames Water has a fund in place which can help to pay your water bills if you satisfy their hardship criteria. If you have used this fund before or if you decide to use it now, we would be interested to hear about your experiences of it. You can post in the Utilities forum:- http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php?121-Utilities-Gas-Electricity-Water Other water providers may well provide similar schemes. Check on their websites and let us know.
  8. I got my fuel bill on the 8th Mar with an rather inaccurate estimate i gave them the actual readings and a new bill was issued the same day, arriving in the 13th Mar. On the 14th Mar I got another bill that was an estimate for the fuel used on the 9th mar. Today I have received another estimated bill for the fuel used on the 11th Mar. Talk about payment by instalments!. I spoke to their CS people and guess what they suggested? I give them todays meter reading and they can send me an updated bill for the last week to go with the correct one of earlier or the
  9. Just a quick note to all BT Business Customers. BT in their wisdom decided to add an extra charge of £12.28 per month for 'Classified Paid Line Entry' without telling anyone since December 2014. I have spent most of the morning trying to sort out this with them and finally will be getting back nearly £100. Worth checking your bills to see if they have added this to your account.
  10. I've lived in my property for a while now, and have never received a gas bill. I did phone up after a few months, as they they also supply my electricty which I had a query about so asked them when I could expect my first gas bill, and I got passed around a couple of departments, eventually spoke to someone who took my details and then put me on hold, and after what seemed like an eternity, eventually gave up and put the phone down. And no bills ever materialised. But now I've received a letter from them addressed to 'The Occupier', which says they 'notice there cou
  11. Hello I am in dispute with The UW over the erratic and high bills I have been receiving. Since early September I have been emailing the CEO office and trying to sort out what is going on . In the past year my so called smart meter has never been read by anyone other than me and I am not sure how to check it. They send very long wordy emails saying how good they are but do not answer my concerns. Eventually they suggested fitting a test meter. A meter inspector was sent to read my meter and he said that my smart meter was very old and that particular type was unre
  12. Hiya, we moved into our current rented property in October 2015 and were told that Spark energy are the gas and electric suppliers. Ever since then they have sent us a monthly bill of which we've always paid. This morning we received a bill for 315.64 for electric and gas, 288 of that just electric, upon ringing them up we were told it's because all our previous bills were estimated and we should have been giving monthly meter readings (of which we were NEVER told) and that we have to pay that plus any future bills (set up a dd for a minimum of 150 a month)
  13. I am having problems with British Gas. To explain they sent me a bill one month after I moved in that was grossly wrong based on three weeks of use. I sent them a letter correcting this and complaining. I pointed out in this letter too that I was deaf. The response of me being deaf was for them to ask me for a mobile phone number so they could discuss it with me. I paid the bill even though it was out by a huge amount because well,.... it wasn't that much as it related to not much use - about £200 for three weeks use! They failed to adjust the meter readings for the property though
  14. Hello, it's been a while and just wondering if anything has changed. I have a customer who has three council tax accounts for previous years which have been handed to Rossendales, the initial (pre fee) amounts come to about £1000, no doubt will be substantially more by the time Rossendales add their pound of flesh. same old story, she offered a repayment amount, they want treble her offered and won't budge. It used to be the best advice was to simply ride ride it out, lock the doors, relocate the car, allow no access and sign nothing and hide everything, so they couldn't get a WP, tr
  15. Hi, I keep getting reminders for electricity bills that I never received in the first place from npower. I have paperless billing and can be sure that I have had no emails from them. I have spoken to them about this before but they say they have sent the bill. I'm going to change my supplier anyway, but wondered what the legal situation is. Do I have to pay a reminder for a bill I never received? Thanks
  16. New Which? research reveals that three quarters of you are completely confused by your energy bills, with 74% of people who receive energy bills finding them very complicated. . Our research, where we surveyed nearly 1,600 Which? members about their household bills, also revealed that 18% of the people we asked are not confident they can check the accuracy of their energy bill. It's vital to be able to do this if you want to be sure you're not paying more than you should for energy Which? believes that energy bills should be easy to understand, which is why we are running a c
  17. What Regulations apply to the case of a Tenancy Agreement being entered into, but the gas company refuses to reconnect the gas to the boiler until the debt paid by a previous tenant is paid. Can the Utility Company insist that a new tenant accepts liability for the debt owed by the previous tenant.
  18. Due to poor health, I had to take time of work, Jan and Feb, now from my wages I make sure I pay my Mortgage, Payment to the Debt arrangement scheme, and Council Tax Now I get weekly tax credits of £81, and around the 15 Feb, I received my bill from scottish Power of £298. Now from my tax credits, and working payments out on Excel, I have budgeted £30 per week to my account for Scottish Power, meaning by 5 May account should be paid in full On the 23 Feb, I emailed Scottish Power about my fiancial difficult, and included the payment plan for the account Now
  19. Ofgem Investigation into npower and its compliance with Standards of Conduct (Standard Licence Condition 25C), Standard Licence Condition 27 (provision of final bills), and the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Complaints Handling Standards) Regulations 2008 Publication Date: 19th June 2014 Company being Investigated: npower Ofgem are investigating whether RWE npower is complying with the Standards of Conduct (SOC) (SLC 25C) of its gas and electricity supply licence and with the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Complaints Handling Standards) Regulations 2008 (‘Complaints Handling R
  20. Water and sewerage bills will fall after April 2015 and even more help will be available for customers struggling with cost of living pressures. The average water and sewerage bill in England and Wales for 2015-16 will fall by £9 (2%). In this period, companies will provide a package of measures worth more than £40 million to support customers struggling to pay or in debt, for example through trust funds, debt matching and write-off schemes, debt advice and water efficiency measures to help customers on meters reduce their bills. http://www.water.org.uk/news-water-uk/lat
  21. Hi everyone, I've registered on here looking for advice as I'm at my wits end. I live in a rented flat and have been with Scottish Power since I moved in. In March 2014, I was in my online banking and noticed that Scottish Power hadn't taken anything out of my bank account since January. I checked my DD was still active (it was) and tried logging into my Scottish Power account but kept getting an error. Tried calling but couldn't get through to anyone so tweeted them. Cutting a long story short, they had closed my account without explanation. They s
  22. Stolen mobiles are still causing victims "shock bills", in spite of government promises to cap call charges, Citizens Advice has said. The watchdog said consumers have faced charges of up to £23,000 each, after thieves used their phones. A year ago the culture secretary, then Maria Miller, promised that such charges would be capped at £50 by the Spring of 2014. The government said it was waiting for the industry to agree the details. Citizens Advice claimed as many as 160,000 people a year are hit by high call charges, following the t
  23. This has been going on for 7 years apparently. Full story.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30214471
  24. Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to under-report energy use, security researchers have found. Poorly protected credentials inside the devices could let attackers take control over the gadgets, warn the researchers. The utility that deployed the meters is now improving the devices' security to help protect its network. The discovery comes as one security expert warns some terror groups may attack critical infrastructure systems. Many utility companies are installing smart meters to help customers monitor and manage their power use and help them
  25. An extra 200,000 pensioners will get help with their energy bills this winter, the government has announced. The Warm Home Discount Scheme - paid for by the energy companies - is now worth £140 per household. The scheme is being expanded, to include everyone who receives Pension Credit Guarantee. Pensioner groups welcomed the move, but warned that thousands of elderly people who do not claim Pension Credit will miss out on the payments. Hundreds of thousands of people on low incomes are also eligible to claim the discount, which in mos
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