The Consumer Council says it is deeply disappointed with today’s Supreme Court ruling against the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which means that banks do not have to prove that their charges for slipping into the red are fair. The judgment brings to a close a three-year battle which brought the banks in front of the High Court and the Supreme Court.
- Personal Finances
The Consumer Council has today reiterated its call for greater transparency in the fuel industry and says Government must now put pressure on suppliers to be upfront about their costs. The call came as the Consumer Council completed a 12-month review of petrol and diesel prices and prepares to brief MLAs on the topic
Aodhan O’Donnell, head of transport at the Consumer Council said, “We welcome that Enterprise services are back on track ahead of schedule and that some very good promotional fares are on offer to regain passengers. The Consumer Council is particularly pleased about the introduction of special fares which don’t have to be booked in advance.
Pay by credit card for items over £100, think twice about buying gift vouchers and treat savings stamp cards like cash, are the key messages of the Consumer Council’s 2009 Christmas campaign ‘Protect your pound - think before you pay’, launched today.
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council has welcomed the Utility Regulator’s inquiry in response to business customers’ concerns about recent, unexpected rises in their electricity bills.
The Consumer Council has welcomed the launch of the Department for Regional Development’s (DRD) consultation on public transport reform. The consultation is seeking views on the proposals for transforming the delivery of public transport in Northern Ireland. The Consumer Council sits on the stakeholder forum which has helped develop these proposals.
The Consumer Council today urged savers who use Christmas Savings Schemes provided by big supermarkets to treat their savings cards like cash. The warning came because these schemes, which allow people to buy £1 stamps or put money on a plastic card, are unsecure. The Consumer Council is also calling on retailers to keep a record of customers’ savings to avoid them losing out should they lose, damage or have their savings card stolen.
- Consumer Skills