SVP says more people seeking help with energy billsThursday 03 October 2013 22.29
An increasing number of people are approaching the Society of St Vincent de Paul for help with their energy bills.
In a study published today, the charity says the annual cost of energy bills has risen by around €500 a year, with gas prices in particular rising by a third over the past three years.
The society says increased energy costs have outpaced the €20 weekly fuel allowance paid to Social Welfare recipients and pensioners.
Between 2008 and 2011, St Vincent de Paul increased its fuel assistance to families from €3.8m to €10.4m.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the SVP’s Head of Social Justice and Policy said the society was trying to assist people to move to prepay meters and cost-control solutions that allow people to reduce their bills.
John Mark McCafferty said that every euro and cent counts for those who are struggling to pay their energy bills.