NI Consumer Council ask OFT to look at price of car insurance

Both the BBC and the Belfast Telegraph this week ran the story that the Consumer Council have asked the Office for Fair Trading to look at the car insurance market here in Northern Ireland. It appears that the average price for insurance in Northern Ireland is £924 which is apparently a 74% increase in the last two years. For younger drivers the rise has been 112%. Prices are on average 84% higher than those in mainland GB. The Consumer Council …

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No water – just the cost of (bon)fires

Slugger can’t handle much more water. So I will start what will be a series of blogs attempting to discover an absolute figure for public expenditure on 11th July bonfires. First up is costs to the Fire Service. Reports for the last five reporting years show callouts on the 11th night alone have consistently fallen across all areas. However, the total number of calls to what the NIFRS classify as a ‘bonfire incident’ between May and July reached its highest …

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