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.
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.
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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