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Government must act to prevent electricity suppliers from cutting off struggling households

16 August, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has called on the Government to prevent electricity suppliers from cutting off customers who are struggling to pay their bills.  The Dublin South Central TD was responding to the fact that 30 homes a day are being disconnected from their electricity supply.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The disconnections are a direct consequence of government policy and therefore the government must urgently intervene to protect those, mostly social welfare recipients, who are affected.

"This government based their social welfare cuts on the lie that prices had come down so welfare recipients could get more for less.  They ignored my advice and that of the Poor Can't Pay coalition.  We demonstrated to government at the time that the price falls in question principally benefited better off people and that essential costs such as travel, education, health and and now energy costs are rising.

"The marked increase in the number of homes being disconnected is the logical and wholly foreseeable consequence of government cuts.  I am calling on Minister Ó Cuiv to announce what the government will do for these families.  The government must act today and not a day later.  These families cannot be left to struggle without electricity as a result of
their inability to pay the bills." ENDS

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