The total number of complaints received during October, November and December (Q4) 2017 was 112,018. This is significantly lower than the previous quarter (126,466) and lower than complaints received in Q4 2016 (116,057).
Through our complaints improvement programme, we’ve continued to look at the causes of customer dissatisfaction. We’ve then addressed these causes by making improvements to our systems and processes. We will continue making positive changes throughout 2018 and beyond.
The table below shows how many complaints we’ve received and resolved in Q4 (1 October - 31 December 2017):
|Number of complaints received|
|Number of complaints received per 100,000 customer accounts|
|Number of complaints resolved*|
|Number of complaints resolved per 100,000 customer accounts|
|Percentage of complaints resolved by the end of the next working day|
|Percentage of complaints resolved within 8 weeks|
*This includes complaints resolved which were raised in previous quarters.
Our complaints in Q4 are divided by category, shown below:
|Top 5 categories in Q4 2017||% of complaints opened by category|
Metering (Inc Prepayment)
Change of supplier
This covers any complaints made about the layout of our bills as well as any information displayed on them such as cancelled charges or payment dates. Complaints received about estimated readings, price increases or incorrect bills are also included.
Metering (inc. prepayment)
If we receive complaints about metering appointments or any mismatched data then these are listed in this section. Also included here are prepayment meter issues, which tend to be higher in winter months.
Any complaints we receive about Direct Debit payments or prepayment credits are included here.
This includes complaints made about the Customer Service that we offer.
Change of supplier
Change of supplier includes customers who have experienced problems while switching supplier.