Energy companies to respect ‘No Cold Callers’ signs

by Sue Walder

From 1 October anyone clearly displaying a written note or sticker saying ‘No cold callers’ should be free from the irritation of doorstep selling by energy companies.

Campaigning by energy watchdog Consumer Focus and the Trading Standards Institute, has resulted in the ‘big six’ energy companies (British Gas, EDF Energy, E-ON, NPower, Scottish Power and SSE) agreeing to a revised industry-wide code of practice.

The EnergySure Code of Practice now states that sales agents will not call on premises where there is a message prominently displayed by householders in the form of a written ‘No cold calling’ note or sticker.

If cold calling by energy company agents persists even though a sign is clearly displayed, then consumer website Moneysavingexpert advises consumers to make a note of their name and employee number and then report them to the energy company concerned as well as government agency Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 (see also www.consumerdirect.gov.uk).

To help people make the most of this code, Moneysavingexpert is offering a free, printable ‘No Cold Calling’ sign from their website, go to: www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/no-more-junk#coldcallers.

Did you know?

  • In 2008, research by the energy regulator Ofgem revealed that just under half of customers who switched supplier in response to a direct sales approach ended up on a worse deal.
  • This resulted in the introduction of new protections around energy sales so that when consumers sign up to a new deal on the doorstep they must receive a price comparison to prove the deal being offered is better than their existing one.
  • A Consumer Focus survey in July 2009 revealed that nearly seven out of 10 consumers who had received a direct sales call from an energy supplier rated the experience as negative and a third described the experience as intimidating.
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Police notice of a method of burglary

Please see below a report from a member in Edgware. This guy was probably a burglar and if this happens to you call police on 999. Most of these criminals are arrested by direct call to police from members of the public.

‘Dodgy window cleaner’

I just had a very strange chap knock at my door. When I answered it, he told me he was “the window cleaner”. I told him he wasn’t my window cleaner and he told me “well this was the address he gave me”.

I asked him who “he” was and he mumbled something and walked off down the path. I then saw him putting a ladder up against next door (they are out). However, when a parcel delivery man appeared, he quickly took it down and went off down the road.

He had no form of transport; just a bucket and a ladder.
I mention this as not only did I think he was very suspicious but we had a very similar experience at my previous address – and that “window cleaner” turned out to be a burglar who succeeded in breaking into two flats before being discovered by the porter!

Please remember that this is worth a 999 call particularly as we are approaching the seasonal burglary peak.

The Police are launching their new campaign todasy with their partner agencies.  I will be sending you info on that as soon as we get it.

Regards,

Paul Hammond, Barnet Boroughwatch

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Organ appeal event

Saturday 9th October at 6:00pm

Hendon Salvation Army Band at St Mary-at-Finchley in Hendon Lane.

Admission is free but a collection for the Organ Appeal will be made.

The band has been going for 125 years and they promise not to play anything too heavy, with the emphasis being on “melody”.

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Help us raise funds at no cost to yourself…

Three ways to help the Finchley Arrow…

… at absolutely no cost you yourself

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/finchleyarrow

Have you heard about Easyfundraising yet? It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Finchley Arrow! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, iTunes, eBay or HMV, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!

So how does it work?

You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up, completely free of charge, to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/finchleyarrow and use the above link on the Easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself.

How much can you raise?

Spend £100 with M&S online or Amazon and you raise £2.50 for us. £100 with WH Smith puts £2.00 in our pocket, change your cellphone provider and we could get £20 and so on. There’s over 2,000 retailers on their site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase.

Save money too!

Easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you’ll get access to hundreds of exclusive discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you’ll be saving money yourself.

We are constantly raising money with Easyfundraising but we need your help to keep donations coming in. Sign up at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/finchleyarrow and start making a difference… simply by shopping.

and…

http://finchleyarrow.easysearch.org.uk

Raise Money As You Search!

Are you one of the 6.4M people that use a search engine every day? Did you know you can raise money for Finchley Arrow while you search?

http://finchleyarrow.easysearch.org.uk combines the results of several search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing and Ask to ensure you can always find what you’re looking for. But the fantastic thing is that EVERY TIME you search, half a penny is raised for Finchley Arrow. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year for us.

See what people are saying about Easysearch

Easysearch is a great idea and just as good as Google for the results! I’ve recommended it to my friends and I think this site is the best around as it does something for people. Well done!”

“What a fantastic idea! I was using Google anyway but this way I get to raise money for my good cause every time I search…brilliant! I’ve made Easysearch my homepage!”

So the next time you need to find something online, please use http://finchleyarrow.easysearch.org.uk and raise money for Finchley Arrow with every search you make.

and…

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/referral/32194

Raise money for your own “not-for-profit”

Naturally, we understand if you have a favourite not-for-profit who you would rather help than the Finchley Arrow, but if they aren’t on the Easyfundraising website and you want them to join, ask them; but ask them to use http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/referral/32194 to set themselves up.

This will ensure that we get a “thank you” of 20% of what your own charity raises – for ever – for referring another not-for-profit organisation. This is not taken out of your other organisations funding but is entirely over and above what they raise and, if you don’t use our link to set them up, Easyfundraising will just pocket the extra cash. Now neither of was want that, do we?

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