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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Consumer Council CEO: “Trust has broken down between some of the partners in the Partnership Agreement”

Strange timing by the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland,  Antoinette McKeown, to declare that the body is withdrawing from the Stakeholders Partnership Agreement with NI Water and the Department for Regional Development. The UTV report suggests the release of emails between McKeown and Laurence MacKenzie was the cause of the breakdown of trust… In an unprecedented move, the Consumer Council says it has now lost trust in the company and the Government Department led by Conor Murphy. “To leak …

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