We can help with a range of problems related to the price of energy, however unless you think your supplier is charging more than is allowed under Ofgem’s price cap, we won’t be able to consider complaints about the actual price of energy.

For more information about the support that is available if you are struggling to pay your energy bills, we recommend visiting the Citizens Advice website or talking directly to your supplier.

Consumer action monitor report

Find out more about consumers' attitudes towards the goods and services they use, how they react to poor experiences, and how behaviours are changing.

Consumer action monitor report

The Consumer Action Monitor (CAM) report is the most comprehensive multi-sector survey of its kind in the UK. The CAM report gives an insight into consumer attitudes on the goods and services they buy and use.

Now in its seventh year, the Consumer Action Monitor 2020 tracked the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumers to better understand how it affected their attitudes and behaviours to complaining.

The data captured from more than 10,000 interviews between March and September 2020 provides insight into consumers’ views during a year like no other.

Key themes in the 2020 CAM report include:

  • Complaint numbers Faced with the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, were consumers compelled to make more complaints to their energy and telecoms providers, or did complaining become less of a priority in 2020?

  • Vulnerability How did the public health and economic crisis impact the most vulnerable in society? Were the challenges faced by vulnerable consumers exacerbated by the pandemic and, if so, how did they respond?

  • Green agenda Did the green agenda diminish in importance for the average consumer? Or did the events of 2020 cause consumers to take more notice of sustainability issues and providers’ environmental credentials?

  • Trust and loyalty How did Covid-19 affect relationships between consumers and providers in energy and telecoms? Did they share a mutual understanding of the challenges faced and act with more empathy, or did the pandemic result in corrosion of consumer trust and loyalty?

  • Complaint timescales What are the perceived timescales associated with independent dispute resolution in the mind of the British consumer? Are Ombudsman Services, energy and telecoms providers and regulators doing enough to educate consumers about the timescales involved with access to redress, or is there more work to be done?

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