Unfair Water Charges Will Erode Consumer Confidence

in Water

Responding to the publication of the draft Water and Sewerage Services (NI) Order by the Minister for Regional Development, the Consumer Council believes that the Government has missed a golden opportunity to introduce the developer pays principle in a fair way.  The Consumer Council cautioned that there is real potential of eroding the confidence of the 700,000 households who will now have to pay more than they should because of the way the Government is implementing this policy.

Water, Water Everywhere!

in Water, Consumer Skills

Citybeat’s Maurice Jay brought a smile to the faces of seventeen budding young artists recently when he hosted The Consumer Council’s ‘Use Water Wisely’ schools’ poster competition awards presentation.

Water Charges – Neither Fair Nor Affordable

in Water

The Consumer Council says that the Government needs to take more time to allow for an open and considered debate on how it proposes to introduce water charges in the fairest way possible.

Consumer Council Responds To Regional Rates Announcement

in Water

Eleanor Gill, Chief Executive at the Consumer Council said: “For the ordinary person in the street, this news of a 9 per cent increase in rates in itself is worrying. However, when you look at this rates hike (almost three times above inflation*) alongside pending water charges it is doubly worrying, particularly for those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Consumer Council In Favour Of Water Charge Delay

in Water

The General Consumer Council has welcomed today’s Belfast Telegraph report of a proposed delay to the introduction of water charges here. However, the Council says if there is to be a delay, it must be used to get the system right.

Delay Needed To Get Water Reform Right

in Water

The General Consumer Council believes an immediate delay to the Government’s water reform agenda is needed in order to get it right. It believes that full and proper consultation on water reform has been short-circuited by the Government’s publication of its Integrated Impact Assessment today.

Water Reform: A Clear Way Forward

in Water

The General Consumer Council has today launched its consumer proposals for the reform of water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland. It is also repeating its call to delay the introduction of direct charging.

Visit our online poll and register your support for our alternative proposals on water and sewerage reform. Why not write a letter of support to your local paper?

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