Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Concern about ESB Disconnecting 900 customers per month

ESB Has a Social Obligation to its Customers

Sinn Féin Councillor Jonathan O'Brien has expressed concern about the news that the ESB is disconnecting 900 customers per month.

Cllr O'Brien stated: "At a time when many people are experiencing financial hardship, it is not acceptable for a state company to withdraw electricity from customers who for genuine reasons are unable to pay."

"Customers who are disconnected are charged further fees as a result and this only compounds their situation." "Ireland has moved from having the cheapest electricity prices in Europe to the second highest, with a further increase of 5% two weeks ago, This is a consequence of the government policy of preparing the ESB for privatisation." "The ESB is a state company with a social obligation, and should remain so. It should not be in the business of disconnecting any customer who is making a genuine effort to reach an arrangement with the company." For further information or comment, phone Jonathan O'Brien @ 085-2133907.

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