Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Consumer watch

Consumer watch

The right mark

The Consumer and Competition Protection Commission is urging people to stay safe this Halloween, and to look out for the CE mark when they buy costumes and props. Certain items produced in the EU must comply with safety regulations, so you can have peace of mind when you stock up for Halloween night.

They’ve also got some useful tips for Halloween on a budget, including using empty jars to make Halloween decorations, buying second hand costumes or making your own, and checking with your local county council to find any free events on Halloween night.

Gas drop

Good news for householders and their bills – the Irish Independent reports that Flogas is to cut gas prices for the second time in the last year, a drop of 3% for residential customers. “We are delighted to be in a position at this time to deliver further savings to all our residential customers before the winter bills arrive,” said Mark Gannon, Managing Director, Flogas.

Commenting on the price decrease, Switcher.ie Managing Director Eoin Clarke urged consumers to take advantage. “We’d encourage anyone who hasn’t made a switch in the last year to take advantage of the savings that can be made and do so now. They’ll really see the benefit when those winter bills start coming in,” he said.

Motor insurance woes

Good news for any consumer with a hefty gas bill, but the bad news keeps on coming for Irish motorists, at least according to S&P Global Ratings, which conducts and reports financial research and analysis. A recent S&P report examining the Irish insurance industry has noted that motor insurance premiums could rise by between 10 and 15% by next summer. “Although this growth rate is high by western European standards, the market is only now starting to regain a decade of lost premiums,” the report stated.

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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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