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.
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.
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.
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The General Consumer Council today responded to a leaked memo from the Department for Regional Development indicating that Government is considering delaying the introduction of new water charges in Northern Ireland.
As appeared in Belfast Telegraph 22/09/2004
The General Consumer Council today called for more detailed information on the make up of the new water charge so that all consumers can have confidence that it is fair, reasonable and value for money. In addition, the Council voiced its concern that the Government’s proposed 25 per cent discount on water charges would hit the vulnerable hard.
The General Consumer Council - the consumer representative for water users here - has called on the Government to have an open and transparent debate on the proposed introduction of water charges here.
The General Consumer Council today welcomed John Spellar’s announcement that it will become the consumer representative body for water users here.
The General Consumer Council is concerned at the details in a leaked memo, published in today’s Belfast Telegraph, which says that water charges here are likely to be the highest in the United Kingdom when they are introduced in April 2006.
By the time you read this sentence, someone will have died from a water-borne disease. This is among the shocking facts to be revealed at the General Consumer Council’s conference and debate to mark World Consumer Rights Day.
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