The Consumer Council publishes its Complaints Report 2005 - 2006.
- Personal Finances
Welcoming the prospect of a settlement of this longstanding dispute, Wesley Henderson, Director of Energy at the Consumer Council said:
The Consumer Council today welcomed John McFall’s call for more consumer protection in the wake of the Farepak collapse that left thousands of people out of pocket and facing a miserable Christmas. The statement comes as the Treasury Select Committee published a report today on financial inclusion .
- Consumer Skills
The first Northern Ireland High Court Declaration to Parliament issued today sets out clearly and succinctly that the draft Water and Sewerage Order was not subject to full consultation. The Declaration comes after the Consumer Council mounted a successful Judicial Review.
Steve Costello, Chairman of the Consumer Council said: “Following the success of the Consumer Council’s judicial review today, Mr Justice Weatherup made legal history here by deciding to attach a judicial health warning (declaration) on the draft water and sewerage Order due to go before Parliament next week.
The Consumer Council today welcomed the decision of the High Court to issue a Judicial Health Warning to the draft Water legislation. This unprecedented step - the first in Northern Ireland legal history - follows the decision by the Court that the Government had not listened adequately to the consumers voice in drawing up this important legislation.
Joanne Gamble, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said: "Regardless of who owns Viridian, consumers must be protected. In practice that protection can be achieved by making sure that Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) is ‘ring fenced’ in regulatory terms. There must be a limit on the amount of borrowed money used to buy the company and the new owners must press ahead with recent commitments made to invest in the electricity infrastructure.
The Consumer Council says that there has been a missed opportunity to fully tackle the obesity epidemic that is threatening this generation of young people.
The statement comes in response to Ofcom’s announcement of more restrictions on food advertising to children and young people.