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Consumer Council response to consultation on draft spending priorities for the dormant bank and buil
- Personal Finances
Increasing satisfaction among Ulsterbus users, attracting new passengers and introducing fully integrated ticketing, have been identified by the Consumer Council as some of the main challenges now faced by Translink.
Head of Energy at the Consumer Council, John French said:
“The Consumer Council understands that there are some concerns about the systems that have been put in place to allow customers to switch from Phoenix Supply to other suppliers in the Greater Belfast gas market.
The Consumer Council representing Mr McCarter, the 74 year old pensioner from Downhill, Castlerock, who was quoted £67,000 by NIE for a new electricity supply to his home, is delighted to announce that NIE has committed to providing an electricity supply to the Seacoast Road, as soon as is practicable. Mr McCarter will now be able to connect to an electricity supply for a fraction of the cost.
Kathy Graham, Head of Water at the Consumer Council said:” The Consumer Council received a summary document yesterday and looks forward to reviewing the Draft Determination in full later today. Our focus continues to be a water and sewerage service that is fair, affordable and sustainable and this will drive our assessment of today’s proposals.
The Consumer Council has welcomed a report launched by the Law Society of Northern Ireland today which highlights how some insurance companies may be pressurising consumers into settling accident claims before they get legal or medical advice.
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council has welcomed the announcement that firmus energy is reducing its prices by 17.7 per cent. The decrease comes as a result of falling wholesale gas costs and sees firmus fulfilling its promise to keep its prices lower than oil. With this decrease, prices are now back to 2006 levels.