Fewer people have utilities disconnected

The number of people having their gas and electricity cut off has dropped.

Gas disconnections were down by 16% last year and electricity disconnections were down by 31%.

The Commission for Energy Regulation said the decline can be linked to the installation of Pay as you Go metres.

CER also said there is anectodal evidence that a large proportion of properties disconnected were actually vacant.

It estimates that over one-third of gas disconnections were in vacant properties while 42% of electricity disconnections were in vacant premises.

Commenting on the report, the St Vincent de Paul society said the number of disconnections is still high, and a "troubling number of households must resort to payment plans."

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