I have an 89yo uncle who has a landline with BT. Following a fall and due to age related health problems he is now housebound. He suffers from Aphasia (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/aphasia/) which basically means he is unable to speak but does not affect his intelligence. Prior to his fall he paid his BT bill using cash at the local Post Office. Being housebound he no longer has access to cash and cannot get to the Post Office. At a recent visit he showed me his latest bill and asked me to establish a DD for him. However, after speaking to a completely unhelpful Customer Services Advisor (Sean/Shaun) I find it is impossible to do this. Since my uncle can no longer speak you may wonder why he needs a BT landline. It is only required to facilitate his emergency call/falls alarm to Carelink. Sean/Shaun suggested a Power of Attorney but according to the Office of the Public Guardian these are currently taking 20+ weeks to register. Does BT have any way of assisting an 89yo vulnerable customer before he gets cut off and loses his emergency lifeline?. All other utilities Gas/Electric/Water have been sypathetic and assisted but it would appear BT do not give a hoot about the vulnerable.
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your uncle should register here just in case phone problems
I have asked forum mods to see if they can help they are BT employees and will reply here may be a problem if no POA
Hi, @robocop1 welcome to the community and thanks for posting, I'm really sorry you didn't get help when you called on behalf of your uncle. We have to follow strict security validation rules to ensure we keep our customer's information secure and I presume this is where the problems occurred when you called.
A direct debit can be set up using the website or on our automated contact number where you don't need to speak to an advisor.
Alternatively, you can call 0800 44 33 11.
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I'd recommend you set up a MyBT account anyway and register yourself as an account manager and that would mean we can speak to you about the account over the phone should you need to call for your uncle in the future. If you need any further assistance with this I've sent you a private message so you can get in touch with the moderation team and we'll be happy to help.
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Thank you for taking the time to get in touch and for chatting with me today.
That's the paper Direct Debit mandate ordered. It'll be delivered in the next 3-5 working days. Complete the form and send it back and we'll get the Direct Debit in place at that stage.
I'll go ahead and close this off as agreed. I have also sent you a message privately with full info.
All the best,