The public’s views on fees imposed by retailers and companies that issue gift vouchers are being sought as part of a consultation launched by the Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys.
The consultation comes on the back of an announcement last month that the Government had backed an Unfair Contract Terms (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018, which proposes a minimum lifespan of five years for gift vouchers.
The Bill also proposes that the Minister be given the power to make regulations to set fees for the issue and replacement of gift vouchers.
The purpose of the public consultation is to gather information and views on gift voucher fees before the Minister decides on the level of fees, if any, that should apply. Views of both consumers and businesses are being sought.
Castlebar’s Michael Kilcoyne is the Vice-Chairperson of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland and told Midwest News that this consultation is not needed, and the Minister should already know what the public want.