RECCO Code of Practice


This Code of Practice applies to Third Party Intermediaries operating in the non-domestic gas and electricity supply market in Great Britain. For the purposes of this Code of Practice, a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) means a third party organisation or individual that, either on its own or through arrangements with other organisatons or individuals, provides information and/or advice to a non-domestic consumer (Customer) about the licensee’s Charges and/or other terms and conditions and whose payment or other consideration for doing so is made or processed by the licensee (Supplier)This Code of Practice currently applies on a voluntary basis. TPIs are not compelled by law to comply with this Code of Practice, but it is hoped that TPIs will choose to comply with this Code of Practice. Customers and Suppliers who deal with TPIs may also choose to deal only with TPIs who agree to comply with this Code of Practice. This Code of Practice has been produced and is administered by RECCo. RECCo is the independent body which administers the Retail Energy Code – the Ofgem regulated energy code which governs the retail aspects of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain. If you have any queries concerning this Code of Practice, please contact RECCO at 

USAVE UTILITY CONTRACTS LTD agrees to operate under the principles described in the RECCO Retail Energy Code of Practice for Third Party Intermediaries

Principle 1: Transparency & Accuracy

The purpose of this principle is to empower Customers to make informed purchasing decisions. 
A. The TPI must provide clarity from the outset of its dealings with the Customer that the TPI is an intermediary, and must not misrepresent itself as anything other than a TPI in its communications. 
B. The TPI must provide clarity to the Customer regarding how the TPI is remunerated - making sure the Customer is aware how the TPI is being paid for the work it does. This must be prior to the Customer entering into a contract with the TPI, and must be clearly laid out in the TPI's terms and conditions. 
C. The TPI must take all reasonable steps to ensure the maintenance accurate Customer data and provide such data as required by the Supplier. 
D. The TPI must take all reasonable steps to relevant establish accurate energy consumption data (known in the industry as Estimated Annual Consumption (‘EAC’) and/or Annual Quantity (‘AQ') data), and must maintain records of how EAC and/or AQ data was calculated. 
E. The TPI must ensure that the Customer is aware of the annual energy consumption figures used by the TPI when tendering for energy supply prices.
F. The TPI must ensure that it does not misrepresent the Supplier contract type and/or contract price that is presented to the Customer. 
G. The TPI must ensure that where reference is made to information relating to Suppliers, legislation and/or industry news/events, that these are relevant to the contract being proposed to the Customer, and that they are accurate and traceable to trusted sources.
H. When the Customer enters into an energy supply contract, the TPI must ensure that the Customer is aware that it is entering into a legally binding contract. 

Principle 2: Transparent TPI Pricing & Product Information

The purpose of this principle is to enable Customers to effectively compare TPIs, to facilitate competition in the TPI market, and to ensure that Customers have full visibility of the TPI's fees. 
A. In order for the Customer to understand the likely amount of commission which the TPI will receive, the TPI must prominently display in its Customer-facing documentation the calculation which will be used to determine the TPI's commission.
B. Prior to the Customer entering into a contract with the Supplier, the TPI must clearly state to the Customer the fees which the TPI will receive in respect of the contract (expressed as either the fixed service fee, the kWh uplift, the standing charge uplift or, where appropriate, a combination of all three) and how that commission will be calculated. This commission figure must include any commission payable by the Customer. An illustrative example is set out on the USAVE FAQ's UsaveutilitycontractsLtd (
C. The TPI must not mislead Customers regarding the number of the Suppliers which the TPI approached for quotes. The TPI must provide the Customer with clarity and visibility of the number of the Suppliers approached for quotes, and the prices quoted by those who met the Customer's requirements. 
D. The TPI must clearly state - in writing, in plain English, and as part of the TPI's contract with the Customer - the products and services which the TPI will provide to the Customer.

Principle 3: Treating Customers Fairly

The purpose of this principle is to ensure that TPIs treat Customers fairly, so as to increase Customer engagement and trust in the market. 
A. The TPI must ensure that the energy supply contract which it recommends to a Customer is suitable for that Customer based on the information the Customer has provided.
B. The TPI must ensure that the material terms of energy supply contracts are clearly and fairly explained to the Customer, including an accurate description of the charges (including of 
separate commodity and non-commodity charges, if applicable) In line with the information 
and documentation provided by Suppliers. 
C. The TPI must only represent to a Supplier that there has been a change of occupier (known in the industry as a Change of Tenancy) if there is reasonable evidence that the Customer is a new occupier of the premises. 
D. The TPI must take all steps to ensure that Customers are treated fairly, and that they are not 
subject to high pressure selling when making decisions. 
E. The TPI must obtain from the Customer, and provide to the Supplier, a letter of authority 
which is consistent with the standard letter of authority included as Annex 2 to this Code of Practice. 
F. Where a letter of authority is revoked by a Customer the TPI must not seek to rely on the 
letter of authority going forwards.
G. The TPI must bring to the Customer's notice, the fact that contract termination fees may be applicable under any energy supply contracts.

Principle 4: Clear Route for Dispute Resolution

The purpose of this principle is to ensure that Customers have a clear route to address TPI complaints. 
A. The TPI must ensure that there is a complaints procedure in place, which is available via the TPI's website and in hardcopy if requested. The complaints procedure must align with the minimum requirements set out by the Energy Ombudsman (found here)
B. The TPI must ensure that the complaints procedure is maintained and kept up to date, using a version controlled published document. Copies of previous versions must be made available if requested.
C. For Customers who qualify as Micro Business Consumers (as defined in Ofgem's energy supply licenses), the TPI must ensure that they are signed-up to a qualifying Alternative Dispute 
Resolution scheme, and that details of the scheme and the TPI's membership number are included in the TPI's key customer-facing documentation. 
D. The TPI must ensure that Customers are able to register complaints by phone, by post, and via email or other electronic format.
E. The TPI must ensure complaints are logged electronically with the pertinent information captured regarding complaint date and reason, and then updated at regular intervals with action taken / outcome. The log for each complaint must be held for at least 6 years following the date on which it was raised.
F. The TPI must clearly signpost the Customer to the services of the Energy Ombudsman, as well as provide clear signposts to other sources of independent specifically the Citizens Advice Bureau as a minimum. 

Principle 5: Appropriate Data Protection Arrangements

The purpose of this principle is to provide assurance to the Customer that the regulatory requirements for data protection are met, and to promote trust in the market. 
A. The TPI must ensure that it handles Customer data in accordance with the relevant data protection regulations, including the Data Protection Act 2018 (sometimes referred to as 
GDPR) and the marketing requirements of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). 
B. The TPI must register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and pay the data protection fee. 
C. The TPI must have an up-to-date data protection policy which governs its processing of personal data. 
D. The TPI must have access controls which provide for appropriate user access security and control procedures to guard against unauthorised access to personal data and other data. 

Principle 6: Training, Governance and Compliance

The purpose of this principle is to ensure that TPIs and their representatives understand the requirements of this Code of Practice and that appropriate compliance monitoring process are in place. 
A. The TPI must ensure that its representatives regularly undertake training in relation to these Code of Practice principles. This training must be provided to all relevant; staff, third parties, 
agents or representatives, so that they understand and can follow the relevant requirements of this Code of Practice. 
B. The TPI must maintain a detailed training log to track staff and partners trained, including the date of the next refresher training which the individual is due to undertake. 
C. The TPI is responsible for ensuring that all relevant; staff, third parties, agents or representatives adhere to these principles and compliance requirements. The TPI must retain evidence of compliance with the requirements of this Code of Practice, which may include telephone recordings For the avoidance of doubt in these circumstances the Customer must be made aware that recordings are being made and the purpose for doing so e,g. for compliance purposes). 
D. The TPI must have appropriate compliance monitoring processes in place to check its sales and other activities against the requirements of this Code of Practice.