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Consumer Council

Budget Energy customers in Northern Ireland may have been left with questions following the announcement that Flogas Ireland has finalised an agreement to purchase the electricity supplier.
Cancer survivor Kathy Farrell is urgently appealing for everyone to make a donation today to save Cancer Focus NI. Visit cancerfocusni/appeal, text FOCUS to 70660 to donate £5 or text FOCUS £10 to 70660 to donate £10.. Thank you.
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Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Leading local cancer charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has launched an emergency appeal for funds to save its vital services for cancer patients now and in the future.
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NI Chest Heart & Stroke

Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s (NICHS) Well Team programme is a FREE workplace health and wellbeing service funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It aims to engage with workplaces to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Pictured: Young person Stephanie Hewitt and her mother Janice.
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Autonomie

Autonomie have been adapting to the coronavirus outbreak by digitising key services and reaching disabled young people via virtual means.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council appreciates the announcement today that Power NI’s tariff will decrease 4.8% from 1 July 2020. This reduction reflects some of the recent falls in wholesale prices. The average Power NI annual bill will decrease by £29.
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Advice NI

Advice NI has now made all Anytime Online training available for free until the end of June.
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Consumer Council

NIE Networks and The Consumer Council are reminding the public to stay safe and guard against bogus callers on the doorstep. There are concerns that bogus callers may take the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage of consumers.
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Starting Thursday, May 7th, customers can purchase a Lidl Community Gift Voucher, up to the value of £200, by calling our hotline on 0800-008-3016. They will then receive the gift card via registered post.
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CADA

CADA NI Statement on COVID-19, to Northern Irish Members of Parliament, the NI Executive, the All Party Group on International Development at Stormont, and to the Third Sector in Northern Ireland.
Moyra Fullerton (82) walks 5k a day for Cancer Focus NI
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Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Great-grandmother Moyra Fullerton has taken up the challenge to walk 5k a day for three weeks during the coronavirus lockdown to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
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Sonya Cassidy PR

The next time you sip a chilled Chardonnay or gaze lovingly at a full-bodied Merlot spare a thought for what exactly is in your glass and why it is there.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has launched a range of educational family activities, games and quizzes to teach kids of all ages and adults about their consumer rights, budgeting and how to avoid scams.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council has been urging the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure that airlines provide passengers with the refunds they are legally entitled to under EU regulations, following numerous flight cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council is advising households and small businesses to ensure their energy bills are accurate and as low as possible during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Action for Children, Northern Ireland

The fostering team in Northern Ireland continue to work hard to provide children with a safe, stable and loving home. If you think Fostering could be for you, click the link below to apply. www.actionforchildren.org.uk/fosterwithus
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Consumer Council

Royal Mail announced today (Tuesday 28 April 2020) that from 2 May it will reduce its service delivery by removing letter deliveries on Saturdays.  Tracked parcels and Special Delivery items and most parcel will still be delivered on Saturdays.
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Eden Project Communities

Eden Project Communities launches #TheBigThanks join in with shout outs on social media, on bill boards and with little gifts popped in the post, to spread positivity in a first step to maintaining community mindedness after the pandemic ends.
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Consumer Council

Trading Standards and The Consumer Council are warning unscrupulous traders to stop exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to profiteer, or face action.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council welcomes the Financial Conduct Authority’s latest temporary financial relief measures for motor finance and high-cost credit that apply from today (27 April 2020).
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Consumer Council

The Council Consumer is advising consumers in Northern Ireland to review how they are spending, as household outgoings are changing with many of us spending more time at home.
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Consumer Council

Consumers in Northern Ireland will welcome the news that home heating oil prices are on track to hit a record low, according to The Consumer Council’s weekly survey of home heating oil prices.
Redundancy FAQs
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Law Centre NI

The Law Centre NI employment hub has produced a new FAQs document providing an overview of employee rights during a redundancy situation.
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Consumer Council

The Consumer Council welcomes the Association of British Insurers’ latest advice that warns consumers against using their pensions as a quick way of raising cash during this uncertain time.
BCCM
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Sonya Cassidy PR

BCCM in partnership with Galaxy Facilities Management and Ulster University have joined forces to pay tribute to the many key workers and organisations that continue to keep the heart of the city centre gently beating during lockdown.
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PlayBoard NI

In cooperation with DE’s Play Matters project, PlayBoard has developed a new information sheet to assist teachers, playworkers, parents and those caring for children in these challenging times, to consider how they might provide quality play opportunities