Social services: "energy bill unaffordable"
29 November 2007, BRUSSELS - More and more people are experiencing difficulty paying their energy bills. As elsewhere energy prices have risen sharply in Belgium of late.
29 November 2007
BRUSSELS - More and more people are experiencing difficulty paying their energy bills. As elsewhere energy prices have risen sharply in Belgium of late.
Local social services across Flanders now say that the number of people that can't pay their energy bill has risen by half this year. Local social services are receiving more and more requests for assistance and would now like the Flemish authorities to increase the funds that local social services have at their disposal.
In 2006 37,500 households contacted local social services because they couldn't pay their electricity and/or gas bills.
By this year the figure has risen to a staggering 55,000.
Many of these customers are no longer getting any more energy supplied because both their supplier and the network provider have given up on them.
These are people who are really on the breadline and don't have the money necessary to pay even their most vital energy needs.
The local social services now want the Flemish authorities to help them to pay at least part of these people's energy bills.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news