The Consumer Council has said that today’s announcement by HM Treasury that Air Passenger Duty (APD) is to increase is bitterly disappointing news and further highlights the need for speedy devolution of this issue.
The Consumer Council has today launched its report examining the perceptions and experiences of ferry passengers in Northern Ireland (NI). The report contains recommendations that are aimed at improving value for money for passengers, making sure passengers with a disability or reduced mobility are able to access ferry services and ensuring all passengers are made aware of their rights under new legislation which comes into force next year.
As the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today (14 Dec, 2011) publishes the results of its investigation into the car insurance market in the UK , the Consumer Council says the high cost of car insurance in Northern Ireland (NI) must be tackled. The report shows that in 2010, consumers living in rural areas of NI paid between 30 and 70 per cent more for their car insurance, compared to consumers in rural areas of GB.
The Consumer Council has welcomed today’s announcement by the Office Of the First Minister and deputy First Minister that £23 million will be paid to those most in need. The Consumer Council is also calling on the NI Executive to include long-term solutions for fuel poverty as a key commitment in its Programme for Government currently out for consultation.