Consumer Council abandons NIW link
The Consumer Council is withdrawing from its partnership with Northern Ireland Water because of a breakdown in trust, it has been revealed.
The release of emails between its chief executive and the head of NIW without consultation were the final straw after the withholding of information about the appointment of the government-owned company's interim board members earlier this year.
Consumer Council chief executive Antoinette McKeown said: "Trust has broken down between some of the partners in the partnership agreement.
"This isn't about the Consumer Council; it is about consumers not having a full and accurate picture and that is simply not right.
"Until such times as we can be assured that the partnership agreement will be honoured and trust restored by all stakeholders agreeing to be transparent in their dealings, we cannot be a part of it."