The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provided guidance to businesses on 30 April 2020 on how they should act during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure compliance with consumer legislation. Included in this was guidance on refund, complaints and cancellations.

Their report showed that 4 out of 5 complaints since the outbreak began in March related to cancellations and refunds.

CMA guidance on refunds stated that a business should issue full refunds where due to lockdown restrictions

➢ it has cancelled the contract without providing the goods/services

➢ no service has been provided by the business or

➢ the consumer cancels or is prevented from receiving the service

Refunds should not be subject to administration fees and should be made within a reasonable time. Businesses can require a small contribution towards costs until the service is resumed provided the contribution is clearly outlined in any contract for the goods/services.

The guidance mentions that as an alternative to refunds consumers can be offered credit vouchers or a re-scheduling of services as long as the business does not mislead/pressure the consumer into acceptance.

In light of the above and the continuing issues with Covid it is probably a good time to review your complaint, return and cancellation procedures/policies.

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