Consumer Skills
09th February 2007


Northern Ireland consumers were hit hard when savings club, Farepak went bust last Christmas. Were you one of the 3,000 agents and customers in Northern Ireland left high and dry? If so, the Consumer Council wants to hear from you.

The Consumer Council is asking people affected to contact them to share their story so that the views of Northern Ireland consumers are heard and taken into account in the Government’s inquiry into the collapse.  The Consumer Council also wants to work with the people affected to help develop safer ways to save and protect their hard-earned cash. 

Carol Edwards, Head of Education at the Consumer Council said: “Thousands of people found themselves facing a bleak Christmas last year through no fault of their own.  Having saved diligently for months, they found themselves out of pocket with little prospect of getting their money back.  We want to hear these stories and any ideas about how we can develop better ways to save that offer better protection for our money. “

If you have a Farepak story to tell and are interested in being part of the Consumer Council research, contact Nora Quigley on 9067 4803 or [email protected].  

  1. Consumer Council media contact: Susie Brown, telephone, 028 9067 4807 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 electricity, natural gas, coal and passenger transport.

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