I’m in exactly the same boat. CISAS decided a case in my favour in November. The 20 day deadline for VM to comply with the adjudicators decision passed on 31 December 2019. 20 days to return wrongly debited monies was already generous and provided ample time to comply. VM owe me around £1300 having been debuting me for 4 years for s service I did not have. VM ignored the December deadline. There have been two escalations supposedly to Senior Managers at VM but VM’s inaction continues. It’s nearly February.
I agree with the OP. CISAS is a fig leaf to cover VM’s dreadful customer service and to appease OFCOM. CISAS are completely toothless - they ask politely - VM ignore them. Thing is - don’t think OFCOM have any weapons to help me either.
There is no Effective Dispute Resolution via CISAS and VM and the Small Claims Court might be my next recourse. Could any moderator reading this please give me your address for receipt of court proceedings please?
Cisas has escalated this matter a number of times to supposed Senior Managers at VM over the weeks since non compliance ... but nothing ever happens. Very discourteous to the adjudication process and shows that CISAS decisions aren’t taken seriously by VM !
Can CISAS fine the company and/or take any punitive action against it?
No, CISAS is not a regulator and cannot impose fines or other sanctions on companies. The role of CISAS is to resolve individual disputes between customers and companies in an impartial manner.
What if the company does not comply with the adjudicator’s decision?
If a company does not comply, you should contact CISAS and we will contact the company. If a company fails to comply with a decision, we can suspend or terminate their membership of CISAS and report them to Ofcom for a breach of General Condition 14 or the Communications Act 2003.
The question now is "What's the point of CICAS if they have no enforcement powers?"
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So I drafted a letter to Offcom, asking if Offcom could intervene to secure VM’s long overdue compliance with the CISAS decision, but if they could not intervene, could they at least please send a letter to VM’s Senior Management Team expressing their displeasure. I uploaded a copy of my letter to my CISAS case. Guess what - I received an apology letter the next day and the cheque for £1323 the following day.
I’d recommend the same approach if you find yourselves in a similar position. Don’t give up - write to OFFCOM and copy VM in.
Great tip. I'm 8 working days of 20 into a CISAS deadline, and they have credited some money to my account, but have not contacted me, other than on the dispute page to ask ME to call their generic customer service number, which isn't even trying adhere to what is stated below:
"Appoint a dedicated agent to liaise with the technicians and customer to facilitate resolution of the packet loss issue"
And it's only sheer luck I saw that message.
The issue with packet loss that has been going on for 3 months is still just as bad as it was at the start. They clearly have given up trying to fix, and would rather over sell a service that can't cope with what's being asked of it.