West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Electricity Hike will hit most vulnerable

Published: 22 May, 2013

Local Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has said a hike in electricity bills by Power NI will hit the most vulnerable in both the community and business sectors. Cllr McColgan was speaking as it was announced that bills are due to go up by 18% from July.

McColgan said:

"This increase in Electricity bills will hit the vulnerable in our communities as well as many hard pressed families across the north. This hike signifies a substantial increase in the price of electricity. Happening at a time when families are already hard pressed, the impact of this will push many to the limit. Additionally this will hit farmers and small businesses, which must be fully supported and assisted given the current economic climate.

"The hike brings into sharp focus the price consumers pay for such amenities. I would therefore urge customers to 'shop around' for the best deal when it comes to electricity. With a number of competitors now in the market the opportunity for savings exists.

"Nevertheless this announcement will come as a devastating blow to the 620,000 Power NI customers