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If you think that your direct debit payments are too high then you should contact your home phone provider immediately. There may have been a billing error and you are therefore entitled to claim the money back from the supplier.
However, check your service agreement small print very carefully as there may be charges you have not realised that you had to pay, and this would account for the high direct debit payment. Contact your provider to check your situation. You should also check your phone bill to ensure you recognise all the calls. If there are unrecognised calls, first check with everyone in your household to ensure they have not been making calls that you are not aware of. If still no luck then check to see if there has been a billing accident.You should know
- The customer services deptartment of your home phone provider should acknowledge receipt of your issue within 14 days
- You can take the case to an ombudsman eight weeks after you've raised your issue
If you are unhappy with your home phone provider’s initial response, you should contact their customer services department via resolver, giving clear details of your case - such as what happened, when, and why you are complaining.
Once you have submitted your information to the company, they should acknowledge your case with 14 days.
If the company does not respond to your issue, then you should raise your case to the next level. The resolver system knows the next steps to take to escalate your issue and will remind you what to do and when, so that your voice is heard and hopefully your issue is addressed.
Your case is officially registered with the company as soon as the email is delivered and so you can escalate your case to an ombudsman after 8 weeks.
If you cannot resolve the issue
If the matter is still not resolved after eight weeks or if you receive a deadlock letter, you can send your case to the ombudsman. There are two ombudsmen in the telecoms market - CISAS or Ombudsman Services. resolver knows which one to send your case to. It will package your communications and all supporting documentation and send to the ombudsman.
The ombudsman will then independently undertake investigation of your case for free. You can still take your telephone provider to court if you still do not agree with the outcome, but only use this as a last resort.
If you need additional assistance
If you need additional advice and guidance on the issue you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
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