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I have been getting a load of text messages and emails telling me to apply for the Government’s energy bill support payments – the £400 to help with energy costs. I thought this was happening automatically but wanted to double check in case I am wrong, as I am struggling. Can you help?

The UK Government has announced details on how households will receive £400 to help with rising energy bills this autumn. There will be a discount of £66 applied to bills in October and November, and £67 a month from December to March 2023. All households are eligible for the full £400, regardless of income. How the …

I have been getting a load of text messages and emails telling me to apply for the Government’s energy bill support payments – the £400 to help with energy costs. I thought this was happening automatically but wanted to double check in case I am wrong, as I am struggling. Can you help? Read More »

Counterfeit Goods: Impacts on Consumers and the Economy

 We all like to feel like we are getting value-for-money on anything we purchase, but sometimes a bargain can leave us feeling cheaper than expected when it turns out to be a counterfeit, sub-standard imitation of the real thing. Questions are raised about the multiple perspectives involved in the operation of the movement of these …

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I recently found out that I have been switched energy suppliers without my consent. Both my original supplier and the new one are still operating, but are not agreeing on how to sort this out and it has left me in billing limbo at the worst time. Can you help?

It sounds like something known as an ‘erroneous transfer’ has taken place. These types of transfer happen when an energy customer is switched over from one energy supplier to another, sometimes by accident without their permission to do so. Erroneous transfers can happen for several reasons, include mismatches of meter and property location information; clerical …

I recently found out that I have been switched energy suppliers without my consent. Both my original supplier and the new one are still operating, but are not agreeing on how to sort this out and it has left me in billing limbo at the worst time. Can you help? Read More »

Amazon Prime Day 2022: Protection on Purchases – Know Your Rights

According to Amazon, its Prime Day 2021 sale moved more than 250 million items, surpassing every other Prime Day event in terms of sales volume. With many consumers moving more towards online shopping during the pandemic, it is no surprise that the 48-hour sale was so popular. There are considerations for consumers when making purchases …

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Our holiday was ruined by several issues with our luggage. When we arrived at our destination, they said our bags were delayed, and when the items eventually arrived, the cases were all scuffed and bashed and one was missing. What can I do about this?

When hold luggage is lost, damaged, or delayed, you are entitled to make a claim against the airline responsible. If your journey consisted of travelling with two or more airlines it will usually be the last airline you travelled with that you take your claim to, however you could make a claim to any of …

Our holiday was ruined by several issues with our luggage. When we arrived at our destination, they said our bags were delayed, and when the items eventually arrived, the cases were all scuffed and bashed and one was missing. What can I do about this? Read More »

Missguided – Online Retailer Administration: Your Rights

With recent news that online fashion retailer Missguided has entered administration, many consumers have been left wondering what their rights are in relation to returns and refunds. If you have previously returned goods to Missguided and are awaiting refunds, Teneo (the current business running the operations of Missguided until Frasers Group takes over) have advised …

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I have had a landscape gardener working at my property, and they have told me they are nearly finished. They have supplied me with my final bill, which is almost double what was initially agreed. I do not think this is right. Can you help?

When contracting with a trader to provide a service, the agreements on a final price can differ. Some tradesmen may offer an estimate at the beginning of the job, whilst others may have agreed a set price with you based on the specifications the work. Quotes vs Estimates A set price is often referred to …

I have had a landscape gardener working at my property, and they have told me they are nearly finished. They have supplied me with my final bill, which is almost double what was initially agreed. I do not think this is right. Can you help? Read More »

Delayed and Cancelled Flights – Your Rights Explained

With news of flights being delayed and cancelled by airlines, it is important that we understand our rights in relation to refunds and compensation; the assistance that airlines should provide to delayed passengers; and how we can go about claiming it. With claims of staff shortages, air traffic control restrictions, runway works, and airport handling …

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I had work completed on my home, but it has not been finished correctly by the tradesmen, and I don’t know what to do. Can you help?

When you hire a trader to carry out work on your property, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 states that the trader should carry out that work using ‘reasonable care and skill’. That is a job that is completed to the level of care and skill expected of a competent trader within their profession. If you believe the level …

I had work completed on my home, but it has not been finished correctly by the tradesmen, and I don’t know what to do. Can you help? Read More »

I have been having some problems with a car I purchased from a dealership. It has been making noises since I purchased it and warning lights have appeared on the dashboard. The dealership management have said it is not their responsibility. Can you help?

When you purchase a car or vehicle from a trader, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 states that it should be of satisfactory quality. For a used vehicle, this means it should be in the condition expected of a car of its age and the price you paid, including it having all relevant documents such as …

I have been having some problems with a car I purchased from a dealership. It has been making noises since I purchased it and warning lights have appeared on the dashboard. The dealership management have said it is not their responsibility. Can you help? Read More »