14th September 2010


The Consumer Council is facilitating a unique opportunity for people in Northern Ireland (NI) to have their say and tell the NI Executive about how public services can be best delivered during these tough economic times that are affecting all of us.

It is holding two open meetings, one of which occurred last Thursday (9 September 2010) in Cookstown and the second open meeting is in Belfast on Thursday 16 September, 2010 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue.
Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council said, "Last week's open meeting in Cookstown attracted over 90 consumers, varying in age from 16 to 76. This large turnout is a strong signal to Government that consumers want to be heard and they want to help shape the NI Executive's proposals and decisions which need to be taken in relation to public expenditure. The Consumer Council is encouraging all citizens to come along to the Belfast open meeting on Thursday (16 September 2010). Now is the time to make your voice heard and make it count."
"At the open meeting consumers were asked about how the recent recession has impacted on them, the cost of living, benefits and debt; how they, their family and friends depend and interact with public services and how public services can be improved in the future. Consumers shared with us their personal stories and their concerns for the future of public services. We have a wealth of opinion and recommendations for Government and after Thursday's (16 September 2010) open meeting in Belfast, we will produce and submit a report detailing the findings to NI Executive Ministers, to help inform their budget development process."
Open Meeting 2
Holiday Inn, Ormeau Ave, Belfast
Thursday 16 September 2010
6pm - 9pm
Tea/Coffee and light supper on arrival
Address: 22 Ormeau Avenue, BT2 8HS Belfast (street parking available)

1. Consumer Council media contact: Gráinne Duffy, telephone, 028 9067 4813 or e-mail, [email protected]
2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland's consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
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