The Consumer Council has welcomed the boiler scrappage initiative for Northern Ireland’s consumers announced today (23 March) by the Energy Saving Trust and Phoenix Natural Gas.
Following last night’s (30 March 2010) severe weather across Northern Ireland the Consumer Council is reminding people of the practical steps they can take if their electricity goes off.
Money Week 2010 got underway at a special event in Fermanagh’s Clinton Centre today (5 March). Economy Minister, Arlene Foster joined the Financial Capability Partnership NI and Fermanagh District Council to launch the week-long initiative, which aims to equip local people with the skills and confidence to manage their money better.
The Consumer Council says a public inquiry is the only way the planning application for extending George Best Belfast City Airport’s runway (GBBCA) can be fully considered and has called for a prompt conclusion to the inquiry.
The Consumer Council is working with the CCEA to organise three conferences for GCSE Home Economics teachers to help them educate their students on how to be confident, informed and financially savvy consumers. The conferences will prepare teachers for delivering the increased consumer awareness content in the revised Home Economics curriculum. They are taking place on:
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council says the decision to allow rates to be paid by credit card holds more risks than benefits and has called on Finance Minister Sammy Wilson to scrap it.
- Personal Finances
Northern Ireland’s consumers are being punished with rising petrol and diesel prices before there are universally available, fully accessible alternatives to the car in place, the Consumer Council has said.