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Review your banking needs in advance of Ulster Bank branch closures

The Consumer Council is urging Ulster Bank customers to review their banking needs following the announcement of the closure of nine branches later this year.

Personal Finances

Review your banking needs in advance of Danske Bank branch closures

The Consumer Council is urging Danske Bank customers to review their banking needs as it has announced today (Friday 13 May 2022) that four local branches are due to close later this year.

Cost of Living

SSE Airtricity and Budget Energy announces price increases

SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest electricity supplier, and Budget Energy, Northern Ireland’s fourth largest electricity supplier have announced price increases for their residential customers. These increases will effect three in ten households, around 248,000 domestic customers.

SSE Airtricity is set to increase prices by 33%, effective 1 June 2022.

Budget Energy is set to increase prices by 27% from Friday 27 May 2022.

Transport

Translink issue public transport advice for Easter holidays

Please be aware that holiday timetables will operate on Easter Monday (18th April) and Easter Tuesday (19th April) for those considering a day out or a short trip.

Energy

firmus energy 37% gas increase in the Greater Belfast network

Firmus energy has announced today, 5 April 2022, an increase of 37% effective from 3 May 2022 for gas customers in the Belfast area.

Transport

Small drop in fuel prices following cut in excise duty

In the week following the five pence cut in fuel excise duty, the Consumer Council’s research shows the average price of unleaded petrol and diesel across Northern Ireland have dropped by 3.4p and 1.9p respectively.

Energy

Firmus energy customers in the Ten Towns area face the second gas price increase of 2022

Firmus energy has today announced an increase of 16.31% from 3 May 2022 for gas customers in the Ten Towns area, impacting around 59,000 domestic customers.

This increase will see the yearly gas bill of a typical household with a credit meter rise by about £211 per year to £1,504. Those customers with a prepayment gas meter (PAYG) will see costs increase by around £201 per year to £1,432.

Energy

Electric Ireland set to increase their electricity prices

Electric Ireland have announced it will be increasing electricity prices by 30% for customers from 1 May 2022.

The typical credit meter and keypad (PAYG) customers will see their bills rise by around £219 per year.

Consumer Skills

New inclusive programme to help people with learning difficulties avoid scams

The ScamwiseNI Partnership has launched a programme for people in Northern Ireland with learning difficulties to stay safe from scams.