Cllr Emmet Doyle: Executive Needs Plan on Energy Prices
Aontú Cllr for Derry and Foyle Assembly candidate Emmet Doyle has slammed the Executive over their lack of planning to assist those dealing with historically high energy bills
Cllr Doyle said:
"Yesterday Council received a briefing at my request from the Utility Regulator on the high price of gas and electricity. I asked the Regulator if he had been involved with the Department for Communities in planning what kind of support will be needed for people in the long term after he told us that these price hikes could go on for 36 months.
It was clear that the Executive are playing catch up with this crisis. The Regulator was clear that a strategy was needed to address this crisis rather than throwing pots of money at it sporadically.
The Communities Minister provided an extra £55m recently simply because of the backlash from the public. People deserve to see a roadmap from the Executive parties as to how they will be supported during this crisis."