The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) says that a lack of joined up thinking on the removal of the moratorium on energy disconnections and evictions, and the winding down of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) in the coming months will create a storm of problems and hardship for thousands of individuals and families.
These changes are also coming at a time when families with schoolchildren will be preparing for back-to-school purchases and increases in energy prices by many suppliers. SVP is concerned about the cumulative impact on families already struggling.
The moratorium on energy disconnections will be lifted tomorrow, and the charity has expressed its concern to the Energy Regulator about the timing of this change when so many people are still out of work and when there is limited coordination of State supports for those with utility debt.
SVP will continue to encourage people to
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