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“Regulator should not allow Electricity increase”

18 August, 2011

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Conor Murphy has called on the Utility Regulator to reject any suggestion of a 20% Electricity price increase.

Conor Murphy said:

“The suggestion that Power NI is even considering a price increase more than four times inflation is unacceptable. The Utility Regulator should make it clear that if such a proposal is brought forward that it will be rejected.

“Already households are straining under the pressure of the British government ‘s austerity measures and this extra burden could put very vulnerable people, particularly the elderly and single parents further into poverty. The choice of heat or eat could became the reality for many people.

“If Power NI do proceed with this unacceptable increase – in fact even if they don’t - I would urge its customers to shop around for more affordable suppliers of which there are some already in the market.” CRÍOCH

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