Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council said:
“The Consumer Council is alarmed to learn through the media that NI Water has
been involved in an out of court settlement with Steria for the termination of its
multimillion pound contract. This is a shocking revelation in terms of openness
and value for money for NI Water customers and taxpayers.
The Consumer Council has announced that it is withdrawing from the Water Stakeholders Partnership Agreement1 (Partnership Agreement) due to a breakdown in trust.
The Consumer Council says that holding gas prices is good news for consumers this winter.
As NIE Energy (NIEE) announces no change to their prices coming into winter, John French, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said:
The Consumer Council is facilitating a unique opportunity for people in Northern Ireland (NI) to have their say and tell the NI Executive about how public services can be best delivered during these tough economic times that are affecting all of us.
Commenting on firmus Energy’s announcement today to hold their natural gas prices for 12-months, John French, Head of Energy at the Consumer Council said:
“Today’s announcement by firmus Energy to hold their prices for the next 12 months will be a relief for their customers. With another cold winter ahead and ongoing economic instability, firmus customers can rest easy that their natural gas bills will remain the same for another year.
The Consumer Council Chief Executive and Chair met today (1 September) with Minister Conor Murphy to put their questions, concerns and demands to him following recent revelations about the handling of an independent review of Northern Ireland Water’s (NI Water) contracts issuing practices.