Choosing the right service or product can be confusing. There are many organisations that can help when buying services and help you if things go wrong. As a consumer you have legal rights that protect you. If you are unhappy you are entitled to complain.
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Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention voluntary movement in the UK.
Northumbrian Water is the water supplier for the north east of England.
The npower Energy Fund offers grants to domestic customers of npower to clear gas and/or electricity arrears.
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communication industries.
Ofgem protects the interests of gas and electricity consumers in Great Britain by promoting competition and regulating monopoly network companies.
Ombudsmen exist to deal with complaints from ordinary citizens and consumers about most public bodies and some services in the private sector.
Ombudsman Services resolve disputes between consumers and companies that are signed up to the scheme.
Orange Box North East collect unwanted furniture, electrical and household items, and re-distributes these at affordable prices to individuals and families on low income.
Ostara is a personal alarm company that provides a 24 hour response service at home for people on their own, frail or disabled.
The Pay Your Way website aims to help consumers by providing impartial information on the different payment methods available.