This is shocking to hear because my insurance is with them and on direct debt
I agree with everyone else, they should of informed you by writing X amount days before doing so which is I believe is in the small print/ T&C's on their policies...you need to put in writing your complaint (preferably with copies of your bank statements as proof, I stress copies because the amount of times I have sent documents for them to not "receive" them) and send it recorded delivery.
I always thought baliffs only get involved after X amount of months not paying, after numerous warnings, failure to pay warnings etc. They should of emailed/wrote to you asking you to contact them and to rectify the issue before it came to this. I think you are entitled to know why they cancelled your policy but considering they took the money and then replaced it and then say you haven't paid, sounds like fraudulent behaviour to extort more money from you. Most companies who for whatever reason fail to take my direct debit, they are usually pretty good to take the owed payment and nothing goes further so for them to set the bailiffs on you, I find some what heavy handed over something so simple.
Edited by SecretSugar, 07 November 2013 - 09:17 PM.