Consumer News Round-up: Cost for average family, ‘latte levy’, scams, & new TV license fee report
European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!
Consumer news round-up – 10th November 2017
The Irish Times’ Conor Pope tallies up the costs for families
The Irish Times consumer journalist Conor Pope did a piece last Sunday totting up the costs for an average family and why you have no money. Depressing as it may be it is interesting to read the article and see where your money is going – the main areas being of course mortgages, food, utilities, motoring, education, health insurance costs and more.
Government planning to introduce new so-called ‘latte levy’
Coffee lovers will be faced with paying a new so-called ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups. According to the Irish Independent, the charge is being introduced in a bid to force people to start buying and using reusable coffee cups and therefore help the environment.
More than a third of consumer products recalls are toys
This is a worrying one but not that surprising. According to the Irish Examiner, data from Stericycle Expert Solution shows that toys accounted for 38% of consumer product recalls in Europe in the last three months.
Netflix and WhatsApp users targeted by scammers
There were two reports about scams this week. The first, reported below in the Irish Independent, involves an email scam trying to gather information and payment details from Netflix users. The other, reported in The Irish Times below, involves a fake Argos deal sent out to WhatsApp users.
Read both articles here:
New report proposes increase in TV license fee and charge for each household
Everyone’s favourite subject – TV licenses!! According to the Irish Independent, a new major report into funding public broadcasting is proposing the creation of a new license fee system which, if implemented, would see every household, regardless of whether they own a TV or not, being charged an increased fee.