The Fuel Poverty Coalition held a special event on Friday, 23 September 2011 in Derry City’s Millennium Forum to examine and discuss practical solutions to the fuel poverty crisis affecting a growing number of households in Northern Ireland. Around 80 organisations and elected political representatives from across Northern Ireland came together to discuss how to tackle this increasingly important issue.
Converting ‘non-users’ and improving the performance of Translink’s Call Centre should now be priorities, according to the Consumer Council. The comments follow today’s publication of Translink’s Spring Charter Monitoring Results .
The Consumer Council has today (27 September) welcomed the news from HM Treasury that Air Passenger Duty (APD) for long haul flights departing from Northern Ireland (NI) is to be reduced. However further action is necessary to ensure the disadvantage NI domestic passengers face is removed altogether. Today’s announcement means that a passenger on a flight to North America will pay APD of £12, instead of £60. In addition, HM Treasury has announced that the responsibility for setting the level of APD will be devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive.
The Fuel Poverty Coalition will hold a special event this Friday, 23 September 2011 in Derry City’s Millennium Forum to examine and discuss practical solutions to the fuel poverty crisis affecting a growing number of households in Northern Ireland. Around 80 organisations and elected political representatives from across Northern Ireland will come together to discuss how to tackle this increasingly important issue.
The decision by firmus energy to increase prices as their current ‘price freeze’ period comes to an end is a blow for their customers in Belfast. Firmus customers will now see the cost of their gas increase by 35 per cent from the 1 October 2011.
Freshers attending fairs at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster will have the opportunity to sign the Consumer Council’s petition to lower the cost of car insurance in Northern Ireland.
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The Consumer Council has questioned whether NI electricity customers are getting the best possible prices following the announcement of AES (Northern Ireland) £50million pre-tax profit.
The Consumer Council has welcomed today’s final report by the Independent Commission on Banking , which aims to make switching easier and to ensure there is greater transparency in bank charges. But, it says, Government must not wait until the end of the decade – as the report proposes – to implement the proposed reforms, but ensure they happen sooner
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With bad weather predicted to hit Northern Ireland the Consumer Council is reminding people of the practical steps they can take if their electricity goes off.
The Consumer Council today welcomed the announcement by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) that it is to launch an investigation into the insurance market in the UK, with particular focus on the car insurance market in Northern Ireland (NI).
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