Scottish Power.

Is it me, or are Scottish Power the worst and most unorganised power company in Great Britain?

Every time I get a bill from them it is wrong, so I then send them my own reading which comes up with a figure less than they estimated, then they send me a bill again which is more than the original estimate, which requires me to phone and speak to a human being who eventually manages to sort the problem.

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Eventually I finally decided to switch suppliers and was told by U Switch that all was going well and that I should send in a reading on 20th of this month and the final bill would be calculated and the switch would go ahead.

Unfortunately this process was obviously far too simple for Scottish Power who sent me an email saying the switch could not go ahead as we still owed £40.52!

Slightly exasperated and feeling my blood pressure rising I went on line and paid the £40.52 and being the sort of fellow who tends to double check things I contacted Scottish Power to confirm the switch would go ahead as planned.

Due to the current Covid19 situation, all this had to be done on line which always annoys me as it takes days, ( slight exaggeration, it just feels like days)  to do something that can normally be done in a matter of minutes by telephone, however I persevered, whereupon I was told that the U Switch supplier would now have to request the switch again.

I made a cup of tea in a vain attempt to calm myself, as I could feel my blood pressure rising but to no avail as by now I was close to losing the will to live, still undaunted though, I thought I’ll give it one last attempt as having to reapply seemed bloody ridiculous.

On my second attempt with a different person from Scottish Power I was told that once the payment had shown on the account then the switch would be able to take place and I would have to do nothing from my end, now I don’t want to sound too pessimistic but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

I went to see my wife who has a much more laid back attitude to problems than I and regaled the whole story to her and being concerned for my well-being she told me to calm down and do something I enjoy and get back to writing my book, or use the whole experience in a positive way and write the story on my blog.

She was right and having written the story I can now say I feel considerably less stressed and indeed quite cheerful as whilst writing of my experience I suddenly thought of another post, so look out for the next instalment called, The drop off in attendances at A&E, not the most catchy title but it might be amusing, at least to those who are following the thought process.

 

About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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5 Responses to Scottish Power.

  1. I sympathise with the problems of switching. I made the mistake of telling the Gas Board we, as new owners of the property, were going elsewhere, which opened up a whole new can of worms. It was a mess, resulting in lost payments, duplicated allocation of said lost payment and a refund of an overpayment that wasn’t made because their staff doubled up with lost ones that weren’t. I didn’t bank the cheque. We are now with NPower, who have been taken over by EON I believe. We have smart meters in order to get a cheaper rate, and so far, so good. Bills are OK ( I double check) and I check our meter readings every week anyway.

  2. Reading this made my blood boil. I think I need your wife to tell me to calm down too.

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