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Have your say on gift voucher fees by Friday – Minister Humphreys

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, has said that consumers and businesses have until close of business on Friday to respond to a public consultation on gift voucher fees, and has urged anyone with an interest in the issue to make their voice heard.

Minister Humphreys said:

“In June, I announced Government approval of new legislation, which proposes a minimum lifespan of five years for gift vouchers.

“As well as this, the Bill proposes that the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation will have the power to set fees for inactive balances on gift vouchers, together with fees for the issue and replacement of gift vouchers.

“For this reason, I’m looking for views to help me decide on what fees, if any, should apply.

“Understandably, consumers feel they should be able to use their gift voucher at full face value, however, the businesses charging these fees say that they couldn’t meet their costs without them.

“I would urge anyone with a view to make their voice heard by Friday at close of business.”

All information pertaining to the public consultation is available on the website of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Responses should be sent by email to conspol@dbei.gov.ie or by post to Competition and Consumer Policy Section, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Earlsfort Centre, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2.

ENDS

Notes to the Editor:

The public consultation closes on gift vouchers fees closes on Friday, 31st August 2018 at close of business.

Full information is available at this link: Public Consultation on gift voucher fees and expiry dates

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