As the UK Government announced that credit union rules in Great Britain (GB) will be updated to make it easier for consumers to get affordable credit, the Consumer Council today called for the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee to consider the inclusion of these key developments in its Inquiry into the Role and Potential of Credit Unions. The Consumer Council wants to ensure that credit unions here are not allowed to lag further behind the rest of the UK in the powers they have to meet the needs of their existing and new customers.
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Nearly all of us use taxis at some time – they play a vital role in getting us all to work, hospital appointments or a night on the town. They are also a lifeline for the 56,000 people who have no other way to get about . But, how many of us could spot an illegal taxi or ask the driver what the fare will be? Today sees the launch of the “Consumer Council’s Guide to Taking Taxis” the latest in a series of handy travel guides to help consumers get the most from public transport.
The Consumer Council has called for a radical review of the Warm Homes scheme in the wake of today’s Audit Office’s critical report which seriously questions the extent to which the scheme has targeted and tackled fuel poverty and whether value for money has been achieved for the £109 million spent on the scheme since 2001 .
Budding young artists from all over Northern Ireland took the honours at this year’s Consumer Council Schools Poster Competition Awards Ceremony. Maurice Jay from U105’s Breakfast Show presented the prizes at the event at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn on 13 June.
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The Consumer Council says that consumers could be the long-term winners from a High Court ruling today that paves the way for the Utility Regulator to cancel expensive contracts that could be costing consumers dear.