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Consumer watch

Consumer watch

Back to school fuel

As it’s still July, you might wonder why anyone would consider school-related matters for at least another few weeks. However, it’s not all bad. Bonkers.ie reports that Bord Gáis Energy has launched back to school discounts for new and existing customers, including a 10% discount on gas, a 12% discount on electricity, and a €75 Tesco voucher for new dual fuel customers if you sign up before September 4th.

If you just switch your electricity provider there’s a 10% discount plus the Tesco voucher in it for you, though gas switchers can only avail of an 8% discount, with a number of incentives also included for existing customers.

Calls for consumer views

Interested in sharing your views on financial brokers? The Central Bank has published a discussion paper on the topic of brokers operating as middle men between consumers and financial institutions, seeking the risks and benefits to the Irish consumer, with a view to introducing further regulation.

“It is important that the remuneration structure for staff of both financial services providers and financial intermediaries is designed to encourage responsible business conduct, fair treatment of consumers and to avoid conflicts of interest,” it said.

The discussion paper is available to view at www.centralbank.ie. Responses to the paper can be emailed to [email protected] by October 18th 2016.

eir hikes

Finally, some bad news for eir customers this week – the Irish Independent reports that several hundred thousand customers around the country could see price hikes of around €100 per year for phone and broadband services. Speaking to the Irish Independent, a company spokesperson said that customers will have 30 days to decline the service from the receipt of a letter of notice. If you’re interested in switching phone and broadband providers, both bonkers.ie and switcher.ie offer handy comparison guides.

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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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