Ofgem calls on energy suppliers to improve help for customers in payment difficulties

Ofgem has called on UK energy suppliers to make improvements in processes and governance to meet their obligations to support customers in payment difficulties

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Energy regulator Ofgem has published its Market Compliance Review of how energy suppliers help customers in payment difficulties and has found issues ranging from minor through to severe weaknesses, or failings.  

The watchdog said all bar one of the gas and electricity providers need to improve processes and governance to protect customers with payment difficulties.

Following a full market review, it found that three suppliers – TruEnergy, Utilita and ScottishPower – had “severe weaknesses” in how they support struggling customers.

While five – E, Good, Green Energy, Outfox and Bulb – were found to have some issues in the support they provide.

Utilita and Scottish Power have already been served with provisional orders, which requires them to take urgent measures, while Ofgem is considering whether further enforcement action is needed for other suppliers.

Among its key findings, Ofgem said it uncovered failures in companies being able to identify customers in payment difficulty and a lack of help given to those needing crucial payment plans.

All of those identified have been asked to submit information to Ofgem to set out how they will improve.

British Gas was the only supplier found not to have any significant issues.