The National Consumer Council, operating as Consumer Futures, is a non-departmental public body and statutory consumer organisation in England, Wales, Scotland, and, for postal services, Northern Ireland. It was established by the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007, and began operations in 2008 by the merging Postwatch, Energywatch and the Welsh, Scottish and National Consumer Councils under the Consumer Focus brand.
Following the UK Government's 2010 Spending Review, Consumer Focus was replaced by Consumer Futures in May 2013. Consumer Futures is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is due to be transferred to the Citizens Advice Bureau service in April 2014.
... Lord Whitty was appointed as the first Chairman of Consumer Focus in July 2007 ... Consumer Focus is the statutory organisation campaigning for a fair deal for consumers in England, Wales, Scotland, and, for postal services, Northern Ireland ... Consumer Focus was created through the merger of three organisations – energywatch, Postwatch and the National Consumer Council (including the Scottish and Welsh ...
... — the Energywatch Confidence Code (now known as the Consumer Focus Confidence Code) — in 2002 ... Whilst uSwitch.com is accredited by Consumer Focus, the energy watchdog in the UK, the relationship between the two organisations has not always been harmonious ... In September 2007, Consumer Focus found that information provided by uSwitch's energy price comparison website was 'biased and not impartial' and uSwitch ...
... Consumer Direct Energy policy of the United Kingdom Energy use and conservation in the United Kingdom Energy switching services in the UK Office of ...
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“While the focus in the landscape of Old World cities was commonly government structures, churches, or the residences of rulers, the landscape and the skyline of American cities have boasted their hotels, department stores, office buildings, apartments, and skyscrapers. In this grandeur, Americans have expressed their Booster Pride, their hopes for visitors and new settlers, and customers, for thriving commerce and industry.”
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