Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Consumer watch

Consumer watch

Health insurance hikes

Customers who have health insurance policies with Laya and Aviva are being urged to switch policies in order to avoid recent price rises, according to the Irish Independent. Customers of either company could be faced with increased bills of between €50 and €500 when they go to renew.

Consumer motoring spending rises

Elsewhere, consumers are buying cars in greater numbers, which is good news for a beleaguered motor industry. Over 100,000 cars were registered in the first eight months of 2015 according to figures from the Central Statistics Office, the first time this has happened since 2008.

Volkswagen is the most popular brand of the year so far, followed by Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Hyundai.

Dual fuel drop

Finally, residential customers of Bord Gáis Energy will see their bills reduced for the second time this year. The company announced that it is cutting its gas unit rate by 2.5% and the electricity rate by 2%.

According to Bord Gáis, this should result in an average gas bill saving of €20.25 per year, and annual electricity savings of €24.24.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.
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