Public Authority 2010 – 2011 Annual Progress Report on Section 75 of the NI Act 1998 and Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Order (DDO) 2006 to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to
bring about change to benefit NI consumers. Our aim is to make the consumer
voice heard and make it count.
We have a statutory remit to promote and safeguard the interests of cons
The Consumer Council has called for four key actions following today’s announcement from Power NI that an 18.6 per cent electricity price rise will take effect from 1 October. Describing it as a massive blow for consumers coming into winter, the Consumer Council has called on the NI Executive to take practical steps to address the problem.
The Consumer Council has encouraged bus passengers in Belfast to find out if two key changes to Metro services from 1 September will affect them. In some cases bus stops are changing location, while in others the frequency of services and number of stops are changing.
The Consumer Council welcomes the introduction of competition for around 55,000 Belfast gas consumers who have Pay As You Go Meters. From today all natural gas customers in Greater Belfast and Larne will be able to switch their gas supplier.
The Consumer Council welcomes today’s report by the Treasury Select Committee on the future of cheques which states that the Payments Council must not have the power to abolish cheques. It also asks banks not to deter consumers from using cheques and asks the Payments Council to examine re-instating the cheque guarantee scheme.
- Personal Finances
The Consumer Council has said today’s announcement from the Coal Advisory Service that the price of coal in Northern Ireland will rise between four and ten per cent this September is yet a further blow for consumers who are struggling with their energy costs. Although only around five per cent of households in Northern Ireland use coal to solely heat their homes, there is an increasing number of households that use coal fires as a means of complementing their central heating systems.
Brighton-based Holidays 4 U, which also traded as Aegean Flights has today gone into administration. The company sold packages and flights to Turkey with flights operating from a number of UK airports including Belfast International.
The Consumer Council is today launching a four-pronged campaign to reduce the high cost of car insurance in Northern Ireland.
- Consumer Skills
The Consumer Council has welcomed the official opening of the newly extended Carrickfergus Train Station Park and Ride.