Sunday, February 16, 2014

Compensation must be made available for power cut spoiled food

Hundreds of homes across County Wexford who have lost perishable food because their freezers were out of action due to recent power outages should be entitled to compensation according to a local Councillor.  Cllr Anthony Kelly says he aims to have the matter raised in the Dail this week by the Sinn Féin Leinster House team.

"We are looking at thousands of euro worth of frozen food having been spoiled due to the recent power outages," Cllr Kelly said, "Though no one can be blamed for the storms, and the ESB workers battled bravely in extreme conditions to restore power as quickly as possible, there is still an onus on the state to ensure that some form of compensation is made available to these households who have lost supplies."

"In the six counties and the UK consumers can claim compensation for their energy distributer for unscheduled power cuts.  Compensation can also be claimed for loss of perishable goods due to lack of power."

"The government must enact emergency legislation to ensure that energy distributers can cover the costs of lost food for families across the country.  If this cannot be done, then these seemingly more minor costs must be taken into account and included in the national storm compensation plan."

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