Consumer News Round-up: Viagogo could face contempt of court, energy regulator report shows consumers can save by switching, one-third of Irish consumers have never had travel insurance and no-deal Brexit to adversely affect online shoppers
European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!
Consumer News Round-up – week ending 12th July 2019
UK competition regulator calls for Viagogo to be found in contempt of court
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has sent a ‘letter before action’ to controversial online ticket reseller Viagogo after it has ignored several warnings to comply with a court order to clean up its practices and comply with consumer law. If found in contempt of court, the company faces substantial fines and its directors risk prison sentences.
Energy regulator report reveals how much consumers can save by switching or renegotiating
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has published its annual report which shows that Irish consumers who failed to switch gas or electricity suppliers over the last four years have paid almost €1,700 more than they needed to.
CCPC research shows one-third of Irish consumers have never had travel insurance
Research conducted by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) shows that one-in-three Irish consumers have never taken out travel insurance and one-in-five are not aware of the benefits of their policy.
Read the full article here: ‘One-third of Irish consumers have never had travel insurance’, by Jack Quann, Newstalk.com, 9th July 2019.
Coveney confirms online shoppers here will be adversely affected by no-deal Brexit
Although not exactly surprising, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has that Irish online shoppers will be adversely affected if there is a no-deal Brexit and that buying from the UK will be just like buying from a third-country meaning there extra costs involved in a purchase. We’ve put together some of the coverage here below:
- ‘Higher taxes for online shoppers in hard Brexit’, by Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent, 10th July 2019.
- ‘No-deal Brexit a ‘disruptor’ to Irish economy’, by Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 10th July 2019.
- ‘Consumers warned to be more careful when they shop online post-Brexit’, by Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent, 11th July 2019.