THE Government should announce an immediate and substantial increase to the Household Energy Credit after the recent cold spell which saw temperatures drop to -9 degrees in some parts of the country.
That’s according to Aontú representative for Castletroy Eric Nelligan who said the recent ten-day drop in temperature will see a significant increase in the next energy bill for every household in the country.
“I did a quick tot of my gas meter today as the cold spell came to an end, and the next bill I receive will be close to three times the equivalent 2021 Bill,” Mr Nelligan told the Limerick Post.
Every household is eligible for the €200 electricity credit to help offset the multiple increases in the cost of gas and electricity over the past year, he pointed out.
“If the government agrees to the Aontú call to offer relief to households all over the country. it must act now. The chance to increase the second instalment passed on December 20, the only relief payment that can be increased now is the final payment, the end date for increasing this payment is February 27.
“Met Éireann data show that January and February are the coldest months in Ireland so we have the most challenging months ahead of us. Many people, especially old people, are wondering if they can keep the heating on so anything other than doubling the final household payment from the current €200 credit to a once off €400 sum will not be acceptable.
“Government policies played a significant part in the high prices we are charged by the companies. The least they can do now is to accept the Aontú proposal,” he concluded.