The Consumer Council today called on the Northern Ireland Executive to challenge the UK Government to earmark the £10.5 million energy VAT windfall to help vulnerable households this winter. The call comes as Northern Ireland Electricity announces a 14 per cent hike in electricity prices which, together with other rises in the cost of living, leaves consumers having to find an extra £40 per week in just one year for the essentials like food, fuel and mortgage repayments.
The Consumer Council's Two-step Guide on How to Challenge Your Bank has been updated to reflect the OFT's recent (26 July 2007) decesion to take a High Court test case against eight of the UK's biggest banks and building societies.
- Personal Finances
A press release from Trading Standards Service
A major new piece of legislation being introduced this month gives Northern Ireland consumers additional protection against unfairness in the marketplace.
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on a proposed update to the Northern Ireland Fuel Security Code.
Steve Costello, Chairman of the Consumer Council said: “We welcome Northern Ireland Water’s up-front commitment to focus on consumers and develop an efficient water and sewerage service for Northern Ireland. These are the two fundamental building blocks that will help us all to make sure we deliver this precious resource at the lowest price and highest quality
The Consumer Council's response to the consultation on the Post Office Ltd’s Network Change Programm
The General Consumer Council (The Consumer Council) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the Post Office Ltd’s Network Change Programme – Area Plan Proposal Northern Ireland.