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    • So here is where things stand at the moment (sorry it's a very long post!):   I moved into this property in November.  I contacted both my electric and gas suppliers to change address and get my accounts moved over.   Electric - I closed my old account from my previous address, opened a new account for this address, set up a direct debit and requested they become the supplier.  The only thing that was outstanding on the account was a discussion about tariffs.  On 21st November they tried to call me but I didn't answer (judging from the time I was probably driving home from work).  I received a payment from them at the end of November from my previous account (which I clearly didn't check as I thought it was money going out for my direct debit).  I incorrectly assumed the call was about tariffs, which tbh, I'm not really fussed about. Their request to become the supplier was rejected but they didn't follow up on it or try to contact me again.  So I, like an idiot, thought it was all sorted out.  It's only now that I've been through my account that I realise they haven't been taking payments. I have spoken to them since Friday and the above is what they have told me has happened.   Gas - I closed my old account and have been trying to get a new account opened since November.  I have had several discussions with them re: the change request being rejected and they didn't know why it was being rejected but to leave it with them.  They told me at the beginning of this month it would be done by the 21st January.  During this phone call they said I could call the current supplier to make sure it goes smoothly but that it wasn't essential as they expected it to be completed by the 21st.  Last week they sent me a final demand for my previous address.  I contacted them to raise a complaint as I thought they were at fault, as I expected it to have been changed as per the above.   I spoke to them on Saturday and have sorted out my final bill and they have advised me to open accounts with the current supplier, Spark, clear them and then I can switch. Interestingly they also told me that Spark went bust in 2018 and it is a company called Ovo who are on the national database as the gas supplier.   Spark - This is the company who changed the meters on Friday.  I have two letters (one for gas, one for electric) that were left with the smart meter they had plugged in in the kitchen, both addressed to the previous tenant.  I obviously did open these on Friday.  Both letters state that they had changed the meters to prepayment meters.  There are several boxes that list current debt, amount of credit on meters etc none of which are filled in.  They also state that a booklet has been left explaining how the smart meter works.  There was no booklet. When I contacted them on Friday they told me that I was in fact on credit meters (I don't know if they changed this remotely when they realised I wasn't the person with the debt).  They also told me they had every right to enter the property and aren't able to check every time who the current occupant is and I should have told them I'd moved in.  I was told that someone would call me at 1pm on Saturday to discuss my complaint, thus far no one has called me.   I spoke with citizen's advice yesterday who really weren't much help tbh.  They said I should have contacted the current supplier when I moved in and provided a copy of my tenancy agreement.  I've moved A LOT over the years and have never had to do this.  I have checked several energy supplier websites and they all state to switch to them or move home simply to contact them and they will basically do the rest, not one of them states that you need to call the current supplier... obviously, on reflection I really wish I had!   My letting agent/landlord have requested that I take any post for the previous tenant to them and they will return it.  They also want confirmation of what type of meter (prepayment or credit) is now in the house.  The locks were changed when I moved in so only myself, the letting agent and the landlord have a key.  None of us let them in on Friday.     My next step is to open accounts with Spark/Ovo, clear the balances since November and then change suppliers.    All of the above have advised me to follow Spark's complaint procedure which I will do but as I said above they haven't contacted me so far re: the complaint I made on Friday.   Should I also contact Marston's to raise a complaint with them?   Whilst in all of this I do appreciate I could have done a fair bit to have made my life easier and probably prevented this happening (hindsight is wonderful!) my main complaint is that neither Spark nor Marston's felt they needed to perform a very simple check and see who actually lives in the property before breaking in.  I cannot for the life of me see how this is acceptable or legal.  Whilst they had the legal right and a warrant to enter the previous tenant's property as far as I am concerned they had no right to enter mine.    
    • I am in the process of looking on the land registry and it's showing on there alongside Lloyds bank,am going to look at deeds aswell  
    • Just a note that these appeal Trade Associations, are bodies these fleecers belong to so they are allowed to operate, appeals almost always fail, and by appealing important protections under POFA are lost as the appeal almost always identifies the driver.  Irrelevant in your case as you own the space, and the PPC have no rights in law over it.  POPLA appeal could also fail as POPLA wouldn't look at primacy of contract and the fact you own the space so can tell the PPC to Foxtrot Oscar. Whole Private Parking Industry is a money machine for unscrupulous ex cowboy clampers.
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    • My point was that the fear being generated is disproportionate to the current threat. Initial under reporting of cases gave an inflated picture of the percentage death rate and images of cities in lockdown do look like a disaster movie so I understand why. This article is worth a read for some perspective. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/27/what-is-coronavirus-symptoms-sars-china-wuhan          
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I really don't understand this section of the ACT

 

19 Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

 

“(1A)A worker (“W”) has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, done—

 

(b)by an agent of W’s employer with the employer’s authority,

 

 

Let me paint two scenarios so you understand my question

 

Scene 1:

 

A worker makes a protected disclosure, the worker's employer sends an agent to act in a detrimental manner to the worker

 

 

Scene 2:

 

 

A worker makes a protected disclosure, the employer's agent, on his (agent) own initiative acts in a detrimental manner to the worker

 

 

Would the employer be vicariously liable in Scene 2, even though he (the employer) was not aware that the agent acted that way?

 

 

I would greatly appreciate relevant case law

 

 

Thanks a lot

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Hi DD.

 

Is this a real case or a hypothetical one please? Are you involved?

 

HB


Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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Hi DD.

 

Is this a real case or a hypothetical one please? Are you involved?

 

HB

 

 

Yes HB, it is a real case and I'm involved

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But it's not your case?

 

HB


Illegitimi non carborundum

 

 

 

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Formatting has come out a bit confusingly:

 

19 Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

 

(1) In section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (protected disclosures), after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A) A worker (“W”) has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, done—

 

(a) by another worker of W’s employer in the course of that other worker’s employment, or

 

(b) by an agent of W’s employer with the employer’s authority,

on the ground that W has made a protected disclosure. "

Does the Explanatory Memorandum issued with the Act help explain it?

 

Section 19: Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

 

113. The effect of this section is to introduce a vicarious liability provision so that where a worker is subjected to a detriment by a co-worker done on the ground that the worker made a protected disclosure, and this detriment is done in the course of the co-worker’s employment with the employer, that detriment is a legal wrong and is actionable against both the employer and the co-worker.

 

114. The employer will only be liable for a detriment where it is done by a worker in the course of employment or by an agent of the employer with the employer’s authority. In this context, the term “agent” refers to someone who is appointed by the employer to perform duties on their behalf (such as a contractor).

 

115. Employers are able to rely on the defence in new subsection (1D) of section 47B of the ERA 1996 if they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent the co-worker from subjecting the whistleblower to a detriment. If the defence applies the employer will not be liable for the actions of the co-worker.

 

116. Where a whistleblower is bullied or harassed by a co-worker but the employer can use the defence in subsection (1D), the co-worker will still be liable and the worker could bring a claim against that co-worker.

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Formatting has come out a bit confusingly:

 

19 Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

 

(1) In section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (protected disclosures), after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A) A worker (“W”) has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, done—

 

(a) by another worker of W’s employer in the course of that other worker’s employment, or

 

(b) by an agent of W’s employer with the employer’s authority,

on the ground that W has made a protected disclosure. "

Does the Explanatory Memorandum issued with the Act help explain it?

 

Section 19: Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

 

113. The effect of this section is to introduce a vicarious liability provision so that where a worker is subjected to a detriment by a co-worker done on the ground that the worker made a protected disclosure, and this detriment is done in the course of the co-worker’s employment with the employer, that detriment is a legal wrong and is actionable against both the employer and the co-worker.

 

114. The employer will only be liable for a detriment where it is done by a worker in the course of employment or by an agent of the employer with the employer’s authority. In this context, the term “agent” refers to someone who is appointed by the employer to perform duties on their behalf (such as a contractor).

 

115. Employers are able to rely on the defence in new subsection (1D) of section 47B of the ERA 1996 if they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent the co-worker from subjecting the whistleblower to a detriment. If the defence applies the employer will not be liable for the actions of the co-worker.

 

116. Where a whistleblower is bullied or harassed by a co-worker but the employer can use the defence in subsection (1D), the co-worker will still be liable and the worker could bring a claim against that co-worker.

 

 

Thanks for this

 

 

I still don't know the answer though

 

 

In Scene 2, I believe a situation might arise where the Worker has NO remedy

 

 

It would be a sad situation as the Maxim is quite clear; "where there is a right, there is a remedy"

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