ESB scheme needs
to be extended

A TULLAMORE Cllr has called on the ESB to extend its price cuts to all customers, including those in arrears.

A TULLAMORE Cllr has called on the ESB to extend its price cuts to all customers, including those in arrears.

Cllr Sinead Dooley has welcomed this week’s announcement by the ESB that hundreds of thousands of electricity customers will be able to save nearly n200 a year on their energy bills under a major overhaul of prices to be revealed this week.

However, Cllr Dooley, in welcoming this news is also calling on the ESB to consider their position regarding customers who are currently in arrears. “I think it is vital that we see customers who are financially hardest-pressed getting access to this system. Numerous people are currently in arrears with the ESB and have pay plans in place to address this, but these customers cannot agree to direct debits at this stage. There should a scheme in place whereby customers who are making a genuine effort to pay their bills can avail of lower prices and it is imperative that the consumer agency insist upon the ESB putting this in place.”

The ESB is offering the reductions to customers who sign up for a range of new tariffs, as the company is allowed to begin setting its own prices.

Customers who take a supply of electricity and gas from the ESB will make the biggest saving, of about n190 a year.

The new ESB tariffs will be available to all of the company’s 1.4 million customers and to the 600,000 who left for alternative electricity suppliers Bord Gais and Airtricity.