With fears that a no-deal Brexit will bring cross-border trade to a halt, John Hearne examines what it will really mean for buyers here.As the UK continues to lurch uncertainly towards Brexit, the consumer agencies have been busy posting post information about what may be in store for us in a crash-out scenario.Before we get to that however, it’s worth pointing out that amid all the warnings and anxiety over the approaching economic storm, we did have a little nugget of good news this week. Irish mobile phone operators have announced that existing roaming rules will not change if the UK exits the European Union without a deal. For the last two years, the EU’s Roam-like-at-home regime has meant that EU consumers travelling within the union could not be charged out of bundle fees for their voice calls, texts and data use. The telcos now say that travelling in the UK will not attract additional roaming charges even after Brexit.These announcements all come in the aftermath of … [Read more...] about How does a no-deal Brexit affect your consumer rights?
The Cyprus Mail is spelling the names of the island’s cities to reflect in English how they are spoken in Greek. The Government has long tried to do the same, although many official websites still use the old spellings. So Nicosia is now Lefkosia, Limassol is Lemesos, Larnaca is Larnaka, Paphos is Pafos, and Famagusta is Ammochostos. Lefkosia Office – Headquarters [email protected] Basic RightsUN General Assembly in 1985 (Resolution 39/248) for the protection of consumer rights. These guidelines, which call for eight core consumer rights have since then been accepted in principle by governments the world over. Below is a summary of Consumer International’s (CI) philosophy of Consumer Rights: The Consumer Right to Safety The Consumer Right to Information The Consumer Right to Choice The Consumer Right to Representation The Consumer Right to Redress The Consumer Right to Education The Consumer Right to Satisfaction of Basic Needs The … [Read more...] about CYPRUS CONSUMERS’ ASSOCIATION
PUBLISHED: 10:05 12 June 2019 Lynda Hayden Unadopted housing estate Cromwell Gardens in Wisbech with hazardous pavements, potholes and a "dumping ground" for flytippers has seen residents form a campaign group to demand action. Picture: RICHARD HUMPHRIES. Archant We have been emailing Reason Homes Ltd, as a group, for over a year. Many people have been doing so as individuals, for much longer. Unadopted housing estate Cromwell Gardens in Wisbech with hazardous pavements, potholes and a “dumping ground” for flytippers has seen residents form a campaign group to demand action. Picture: RICHARD HUMPHRIES.We are again asking when the Cromwell Gardens Estate in Wisbech will be completed. The state of the site, compound and unadopted roads are having a detrimental effect on the prices of our homes. Unadopted roads put off potential buyers; especially after the development commenced seven years ago.The compound and proposed play area are complete … [Read more...] about It’s a right old state say residents
A major new audience monitoring system has launched today which dispels the myth young people have turned their back on local publishers.By combining print and digital audiences for local newspaper publishers, it demonstrates more than 10 million young adults - aged between 15 and 34 - are reading local news on their mobile devices, or traditional print products, every month.And that mobile content is boosting local media's audiences by 94% - with the industry now reaching 40.6m adults a month.The findings come from the launch of the new cross platform audience currency Jicreg True Local.Jicreg (Joint industry Currency for Regional Media Research) has long been established as the key method of measuring local media audiences.Now it hopes its True Local system will paint a more accurate picture of the true size of the audiences local publishers reach.The audiences are calculated using a combination of audited circulation data, enabling media agencies and advertisers to see how local … [Read more...] about 10m young adults consuming local news on mobiles and in print
Six European consumer rights associations said Friday they have asked national authorities to look into illegal practices by firms using the AliExpress site of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Buyers in European countries enjoy the right to return goods within two weeks and get clear warranty information about the minimum 2-year warranty period, rules that platforms that host third-party sellers have sometimes found difficult to enforce. Consumer rights groups in Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain asked their national regulators to look into practices on AliExpress, which mostly hosts Chinese sellers. "If Alibaba wants to trade on the European market, it must respect the rules that apply here. That is not negotiable," said Sandra Molenaar, head of the Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond. The Consumentenbond also noted that AliExpress' terms and conditions force consumers to go to arbitration in Hong Kong if they have any dispute, while EU … [Read more...] about Alibaba faces consumer complaints in Europe