Tuesday 21 February 2017

Poor electricity users subsidising better off

Published 19/04/2011 | 05:00

IT was sad to read Aideen Sheehan's report (Irish Independent, April 16) on the decision by the ESB to go ahead with its plan to introduce discriminatory charges.

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This move gives cheaper power to the wealthiest and, in effect, uses higher unit charges levied on the poorest to subsidise that. All those people, including pensioners, who cannot access a bank account are simply excluded from the so-called price cutting plan, as are those who cannot maintain an arrears-free account.

The introduction of so-called "competition" has been exposed here for what it is, a sham.

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