“This is an awful time to make this announcement. people are just trying to make ends meet and are already at a low eb.”
This remark was made by Liam Reilly area president St Vincent de Paul this week.
Mr Reilly, who is standing for Fianna Fail in the Ardee area in the local government elections, was commenting on the increase in the solid fuel carbon tax (SFCT) which came into affect on 1 May.
“People are just coming to terms with the water charges and trying to budget for that and now this is announced,” said Liam.
“We in the St Vincent de Paul have lobbied, along with the National Justice team, Minister Joan Burton for
equity and justice in the next budget.
“This is the kind of increase that hits people hard.
“And on top of this, there is no clear policy yet on water charges. We need to know if there will be some waivers for pensioners or those with disabilities.
“All this is confusing and alarming for people.
“We’ve witnessed the impact that the crisis and the austerity programme is having on struggling households across Ireland.
“Those least well off before the economic crisis remain so, and their difficulties have been worsened due to cutbacks to the supports and services on which they rely.”