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12 Investigation of complaints made by vulnerable designated consumersU.K.

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(1)Subsection (3) applies to a complaint which is made—

(a)by or on behalf of a vulnerable person in that person's capacity as a designated consumer (“the designated consumer”),

(b) against a person (“ the supplier ”) who in the course of a business carried on by the supplier supplies or seeks to supply, or refuses to supply, goods or services to the designated consumer, and

(c)in respect of a matter connected with the supply of goods or services by the supplier to the designated consumer or a refusal by the supplier to supply goods or services to the designated consumer.

(2)For this purpose a person is “vulnerable” if [F1the consumer advocacy body to which the complaint is referred] is satisfied that it is not reasonable to expect that person to pursue the complaint on that person's own behalf.

(3)Where a complaint to which this subsection applies is referred to [F2a consumer advocacy body] by or on behalf of the designated consumer, [F3that consumer advocacy body] may investigate the complaint for the purpose of determining whether it is appropriate to take any action under subsection (4).

(4)Where it appears to [F4a consumer advocacy body] to be appropriate to do so with a view to assisting in reaching a satisfactory resolution of a complaint referred to it under this section, [F5that consumer advocacy body] may—

(a)provide advice to the designated consumer or, if the complaint was made by another person on the designated consumer's behalf, that person;

(b)make representations on behalf of the designated consumer to the supplier about anything to which the complaint relates.

[F6(5) Where a complaint is referred to Citizens Advice or Citizens Advice Scotland , those bodies may agree that the complaint is to be treated as having been referred to the other of them.

(6) If Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland so agree in a particular case, subsections (3) and (4) and sections 14(2) to (4) and 15(1) are to have effect accordingly. ]

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I1 S. 12 in force at 1.10.2008 by S.I. 2008/2550 , art. 2 , Sch.

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