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THERE was some good news for gas customers in Newtownabbey as Phoenix Supply confirmed that it will reduce its tariff by 8.5 per cent from April 1 for local domestic and small business customers - meaning an average annual saving of £51.

And following that announcement, rival gas company firmus energy said that it will continue to honour its commitment to domestic credit customers to provide 10 per cent cheaper natural gas than Phoenix for the first year after a customer switches, and 5 per cent cheaper for the second year.

While welcoming the drop in gas prices as a much-needed boost for cash-strapped householders, Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Council, said that more still needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.