SSE failed to close my father’s account after his death months ago

I cannot finalise his estate until it does, and it hasn’t shown any compassion

My father died in May and, try as I might, I cannot get SSE to close his electricity account, nor give me an indication of whether it is in debit or credit.

He lived in a small, one-bedroom flat in a sheltered housing complex so I cannot understand what the problem is ... in fact SSE doesn’t seem to know.

I am the executor of his will and cannot finalise his estate until this is resolved. It is the only thing outstanding.

I think what I am most aggrieved about is the lack of compassion and understanding from SSE. Having to constantly explain to people that my father has died is incredibly upsetting.

DB, by email

That’s poor service from SSE, now part of Ovo Energy after the Scottish supplier sold its domestic power customers. People in your position just need to get the matter resolved quickly and efficiently – and this wasn’t your experience.

After I took up your complaint, the company quickly resolved the matter. SSE Energy Services says: “We can confirm a final bill has been issued and the account is closed. We’re sorry and have apologised to DB for the time taken to resolve [this] and cleared the outstanding balance (£175) as a gesture of goodwill.”

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Miles Brignall

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