Contact fuel supplier if struggling to pay, says Phelan

People who are having difficulties paying their fuel bills should talk to their heat and electricity suppliers to try to solve the problem, according to Deputy Ann Phelan (Lab).

People who are having difficulties paying their fuel bills should talk to their heat and electricity suppliers to try to solve the problem, according to Deputy Ann Phelan (Lab).

“At this time of year, when the weather turns really cold, and with Christmas approaching, some people find it very difficult to keep up their payments to companies like the ESB and Bord Gais, but it is really important that those people should keep talking to those companies and let them know the situation,” she said.

“Just as if you had trouble with your mortgage, you are advised to talk to your bank, this is the same message – if you are finding it hard to pay all of your bills for heat and electricity, you can now, thanks to a new initiative from MABS (the Money Advice and Budgeting Service), the CER (Commission for Energy Regulation) and the St Vincent de Paul, find a more affordable solution for you.”

“It is imperative that people are kept warm and dry during the harsh months of winter, and this new initiative will help in that regard,” Deputy Phelan said.