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23rd March 2010


The Consumer Council has welcomed the boiler scrappage initiative for Northern Ireland’s consumers announced today (23 March) by the Energy Saving Trust and Phoenix Natural Gas.

John French, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said: “Around 50 per cent of homes here are in fuel poverty and it is accepted that poor energy efficiency is a major contributor[1].  The Consumer Council has been urging the Executive to replicate the boiler scrappage scheme[2] in Northern Ireland as a long term approach to eradicating fuel poverty here, by saving households up to £210 a year[3] in energy bills.

“The Consumer Council commends the Energy Saving Trust, Phoenix and the wider gas industry here for introducing this initiative for new customers and will continue to lobby the Government to extend the scheme currently available in Great Britain to Northern Ireland.”

  1. Consumer Council media contact: Keelin Kelly, telephone, 028 9067 4813 or e-mail,
  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 electricity, natural gas, coal and passenger transport.

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