The new organisation, Consumer Voice, would pull together the National Consumer Council, energywatch and Postwatch, into a single body, which McCartney said would be a ‘powerful and effective advocate’ for consumers.
The announcement marks the Government's response to its consultation exercise, which sought views on proposals to strengthen and streamline consumer advocacy.
The new structure for consumer representation and redress, designed in the light of responses to the consultation, would:
McCartney said the plans would empower consumers: "Today's announcement promises a stronger voice for consumers. We want to give people an effective system of representation and redress that is easily accessible and offers the best possible all round protection. In the end this is about getting people a better deal for their money and protecting them from being ripped off.
"We are committed to taking forward work to make this happen without delay. Legislation will be required to deliver the new model for consumer representation and redress, and we intend to bring this before Parliament as soon as possible."