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"We need a rapid and aggressive approach to solving this cost-of-living crisis” - Peadar Tóibín

Deputy Tóibín has raised concerns over record levels of energy poverty  

Deputy Tóibín said “29% of homes are now suffering from energy poverty. Energy inflation has increased the cost of household consumption by €21 per week, €39 if motor fuel is included. This disproportionately affects those living on the margins in our community.”

“Nearly 20% of our population is now living on the margins or below the poverty line. Energy poverty is only deepening the problems caused by the cost-of-living crisis. The cost of everyday items is rapidly increasing. Home energy prices and utility bills have increased by up to 50%. Inflation is now over 8%% and rising. Irish families will now need to find an additional €2,000 this year just to heat their homes, to put food on the table, and to commute for work.”

Deputy Tóibín continued “It's a disgrace that the government is not committing to further support measures before October's budget. The government is trying to wait out the storm, hoping the situation improves by itself. At the same time our families and communities are suffering.”

“By kicking the can down the road on taking more intensive measures, the government is pushing back the time that the new measures can take effect. We need a rapid and aggressive approach to solving this crisis”

“"Reports are suggesting that if energy costs keep continuing to rise, energy poverty will affect 43% of households. The government need to be made to see the severity of this crisis” concluded Deputy Tóibín

 

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By Aontú Press | 20 June, 2022



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