GO Energy Compare Limited registered address is Hamil House. 112-116 Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4DH.
We believe that the fair treatment of customers is central to our corporate philosophy and therefore an effective Customer Engagement Program is critical to our business.
Independent dispute resolution services across the energy sector, resolving disputes between energy suppliers/brokers and their customers.
Independent, impartial service takes into account both the rules and regulations and what is fair and reasonable.
Dedicated to helping suppliers and brokers to improve their service, processes and customer experience in order to build trust and confidence. We do this through sharing insight and by working more broadly to inform policy and address industry-wide issues for the benefit of all.
For the purpose of this policy, the Energy Ombudsman define a complaint as any expression of dissatisfaction, whether oral or written, and whether justified or not, from or on behalf of an eligible complainant about the firm’s provision of, or failure to provide, a service activity.
A complaint should involve an allegation that the complainant has suffered, or may suffer, financial loss, material inconvenience or material distress. We recognize that there are times when customers may not have suffered any significant detriment, but still feel we have not delivered the levels of customer service and engagement that is central to our corporate culture.
If you are an eligible complainant, this policy applies to you. An eligible complainant is defined by the Energy Ombudsman as:
• a private individual.
• a business which has a group annual turnover of less than £1 million.
• a charity which has an annual income of less than £1 million; or
• a trustee of a trust which has a net asset value of less than £1 million.
All eligible complainants have the right to refer their complaint to The Ombudsman at The Ombudsman Service if they are unhappy with our final resolution.
Because we believe that outstanding customer service is a key part of our business, we will still deal with your complaint even if you do not fit into any of the categories above. However, if a customer is a non-eligible complainant, no right of referral to The Ombudsman Service at The Ombudsman Service exists.
A complaint can be made by any medium. This includes, letter, social media, email, telephone or in person. We urge all complainants to put their complaints in writing to ensure we have enough detail information to process a complaint effectively and deal with all concerns raised comprehensively. We recognize that customers may not wish to do this, and we will engage with customers regardless of how complaints are made to achieve a successful resolution.
Written complaints should be sent to:
112-116 Chorley New Road
Email complaints should be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we receive your complaint it will be logged and investigated impartially by the Head of Compliance.
We will acknowledge receipt of any complaint promptly and we will also provide a copy of this policy. We will investigate and resolve all complaints fairly on their merits and give our reasons why we either uphold or reject a complaint.
Under Ombudsman Service rules, if it is practicable to resolve a complaint by close of the third business day after receipt. Often it may not be practicable to do this because we may need to liaise with several different parties. If we consider a complaint to be resolved by the close of the third business day, we will promptly send a complainant a ‘summary resolution communication’
This “summary resolution communication” will be a letter that:
If we cannot resolve a complaint by the third business day, we will write and acknowledge your complaint and keep you informed of the progress of our investigation.
Within eight weeks of us receiving your complaint we will send you either a final response or a written response which explains why we are not able to make a final response to you and when we might be expected to provide a final response. If we cannot provide you with a final response by 8
weeks, we will write to you and inform you whether you are entitled to refer your complaint to The The Ombudsman Service.
Please note that if you decide to refer your complaint to The Ombudsman Service, you must do so within six months of receiving our final response and have given us the opportunity to deal with and resolve your complaint.
We will regard your complaint as closed in the following circumstances:
Regardless of whether we uphold or reject your complaint, we will always review the circumstances and issues that led to your complaint being made. We carry out internal root cause analysis to identify any systemic issues that may have caused a failure in service to learn lessons that we can feed back into our business to improve our customer experience.
We will learn from our complaints and ensure that we make appropriate changes to our approach and/or practices because of the lessons learnt and such changes will be part of our regular reporting requirements.
We are aware that there may be a requirement to offer some assistance to complainants in making their complaint. To vulnerable or disabled complainants who have asked for reasonable adjustments and to complainants who need to communicate with us in an alternative language, therefore we have training in place for members of staff, which provides information on how to recognize customer vulnerabilities, how to manage them and ensure appropriate measures are in place to meet all needs. It is important that we deal with vulnerable complainants sensitively and in line with our guidance.