Deputy Browne Calls For Ban On Energy Disconnections

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Martin Browne, TD (Sinn Fein)

Tipperary TD Martin Browne is calling for a ban on energy disconnections.

The TD says the ban on disconnections between December and February will still leave many customers worried about their supply due to the rising costs.

The Cashel based TD wants the ban extended until the end of March and also wants more support for customers who use pre-pay electricity meters.

Once their €20 emergency credit runs out, pre-pay customers are disconnected by default.

The Taoiseach said yesterday that the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities is looking at waiving the fees for vulnerable customers to change to bill pay – but that is for medically vulnerable people only, not those in financial hardship.

Deputy Browne wants the fees to switch to bill pay waived for all customers.

He is also calling for the present “friendly credit option” to be available on a twenty-four hour/seven day basis for the duration of the ban on disconnections.

Deputy Browne says it is vital that people get reassurance from disconnections until the end of March at least.