The start of 2011 will be bleak for Northern Ireland motorists as the impact of added fuel duty tax and rising VAT affects the price of fuel . These increases could see motorists paying 125ppl for petrol and 129ppl for diesel. The warning was issued today (22 December 2010) by the Consumer Council as it publishes its latest ‘Review of Petrol and Diesel Prices’. The report shows that we are now paying £6.89 more for petrol and £8.08 for diesel compared to the same time last year.
With another severe weather warning issued for today(a)(16 December), householders and travellers can expect some disruption to their electricity and water supply or their travel plans over the next few days. The Consumer Council is re-issuing a series of up-to-date factsheets offering advice on how to prepare in advance for frozen water pipes and flooding, black outs and travel disruption.
The stark reality that poorer people pay more for everyday essentials will be
highlighted today at a Consumer Council led event. Around 50 organisations from
the private and public sectors will meet at Clifton House – the Poor House - to
agree key actions and changes that will make a difference to the everyday lives of
people on low incomes.
This event aims to illustrate how people who are less well off tend to pay more for
some necessities and are often unable to access the best deal.
- Consumer Skills
Severe weather in Northern Ireland has caused travel cancellations and disruption across all forms of transport.
With the current disruption to flights caused by severe weather conditions the Consumer Council is encouraging air passengers to make sure they know their rights when travelling. The Consumer Council’s ‘Plane Facts’ guide includes everything passengers need to know when flying, including your rights if your flight is delayed or cancelled, what a good travel insurance policy should include and what to do if things go wrong.