Government action needed to tackle Limerick power disconnections

first_imgTHE Government has been asked to address the alarming rise in the number of gas and electricity disconnections in homes across Limerick.New figures released by the Energy Regulator show that nationally, more than 20,000 homes had their electricity or gas cut off last year because they cannot pay their bills.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea, this signals a ‘growing crisis’ among lower and middle-income families who have recently found unable to pay their basic bills.“Last year alone, there was an 82% increase in homes that had their gas supply cut off. In addition to this, 14,650 households across the country had their electricity disconnected. The fear is that those numbers will be much higher again this year as homeowners are hit with property taxes and families suffer yet more cuts in state support,” Deputy O’Dea said.“How serious does this have to get before the government starts to take notice?”, he asked.“I have spoken to many Limerick families who have always paid their household bills without fail, but have recently been unable to cope with extra taxes, cuts in child benefit, cuts in maternity benefit, cuts to the Back to School allowance and other state supports, increases in education costs and often crippling mortgage debt.“The pressure on ordinary families seems to be growing month on month. On top of everything else, property tax bills will double next year and water charges will follow. Something has to give.“The very least the government can do is ensure that basic household bills, like gas and electricity, are affordable. Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called on Minister Pat Rabbitte, who has responsibility for the energy sector, to take more of an interest in spiralling energy costs for households and to raise concerns with the Energy Regulator.“Electricity prices rose by 9% last year, with gas prices increasing by 12%. The onus is on Minister Rabbitte and the Regulator to put real solutions in place to help customers in genuine difficulty”, Deputy O’Dea added. Previous articleLimerick venue for national art exhibitionNext articleMore UPC jobs for Limerick Editor Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApp Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin NewsLocal NewsGovernment action needed to tackle Limerick power disconnectionsBy Editor – June 10, 2013 721 TAGSdebtelectricityfeaturedfull-imagegas disconnectionWillie O’Dea center_img Twitter Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet First Irish death from Coronavirus Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Facebook Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img