Consumer Focus has welcomed Ofgem's decision to fine SSE for the "systemic failure" in its direct selling operations.
In response to Ofgem's £10.5m fine for mis-selling, energy firm SSE's corporate affairs director Alan Young said the firm was "very sorry" about the breaches of the rules.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme
Mr Young also defended the management team still being in place, insisting SSE was one of the "best companies in Britain".
According to Ofgem, some of the misleading claims made on the doorstep, over the phone or in-store to customers by energy firm SSE were as follows:
- Telling some customers that they would save money when in fact they were switched on to a more expensive contract
- Saying that by switching to SSE they would be getting the full reductions they’re entitled to, “just like the government intended”.
- Saying that other suppliers were putting their prices or that price increases were higher than they actually were.
- Suggesting they could put them on a “preferred customer tariff… with no standing charge”, omitting that they would be charged higher first tier unit rates instead of a standing charge.
In February, SSE's incoming chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies told ITV News' Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg that he wants to rebuild customers' trust in the energy company.
He pledged that if customer service at the company falls short, customers will receive £20 off their bills.
The proposed fine of £10.5m to be imposed on Scottish and Southern Energy for mis-selling is the largest-ever on an energy supplier.
The regulator said "misleading and unsubstantiated statements" were made to potential customers about prices and savings that could be made by switching to the energy provider.
Failures were found at every stage of the sales process from the opening lines on the doorstep, over the phone, to the confirmation process which follows a sale.
Ofgem also found that SSE management failures led to prolonged and extensive misselling.