Statement from ALONE in response to the proposed universal, one-off electricity credit of €100 per household

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said “This is a welcome assistance for older people in the wake of increased energy prices throughout 2021. Fuel poverty has detrimental effects on the quality of life for an older person and our older people who are living on the State Pension which is below the poverty line are feeling a huge pinch from their pockets. The average increase across all suppliers for electricity has been €489.15 and €284.31 for gas, a total of €773.46. While we welcome this €100, we can clearly see it doesn’t measure to the inflation we’ve seen throughout 2021.”

About ALONE 

ALONE is a national organisation that enables older people to age at home. Our work is for all older people and aims to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. We have a National network of staff and volunteers who provide an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support and Assistive Technology. We use individualised support plans, to address health, financial benefits and supports, social care, housing, transport and other arising needs using technology and harness other services.

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