A CORK City Councillor has called for a moratorium on household utility bills for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Tony Fitzgerald made the calls as more and more people are working from home, while many others have been laid off and are at home during the day more often than usual.
“I’m of the view that with people at home, and it’s still very cold, they are going to be using a lot more electricity and gas,” Councillor Fitzgerald said.
“Utility bills are going to be high and incomes are down. I think people need support in those two areas,” he added.
Councillor Fitzgerald said that just as businesses are getting a moratorium on rates throughout the pandemic, people who are now on low incomes or who are on social welfare and are at home more frequently also need to be looked after.
“There’s more use of utilities, so therefore I think it would be helpful if there was a moratorium on utility bills for the next two months to help people, by way of getting through the crisis,” he concluded.