Concerned families have urged Taoiseach Micheál Martin to respond urgently to the cost of living crisis, emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show.
Last night both myself and my wife, who both work, needed to sit down and see where we can lighten the burden of rising costs,” wrote one concerned father. “We’re out of heating oil and just can’t afford to refill it at the current price.”
The man went on to explain how he bought a plug-in heater for his two boys’ bedroom to keep them warm at night.
“Me and my wife will manage without heating. How is that okay in this day and age? I beg you and am writing to you to please abolish all VAT on heating oil.”
Another author detailed how the government’s response to the cost of living crisis will affect his voting intentions.
“I really don’t want to vote for Sinn Féin in the next election, but unless this government makes a real and meaningful impact on lowering the cost of living in the coming weeks, I and many others will vote for change and give Sinn Féin a chance,” he says.
The same author also wrote that the €200 energy credit announced earlier this year “doesn’t come close to meeting current challenges,” adding that “households at all levels need an additional €400 to €500 (net) per month to meet the current challenges.” Maintaining electricity costs lives”.
Another message called for further cuts in excise duties on petrol and diesel on top of the cuts announced earlier this year. The same person asked for the introduction of a new 30 percent tax rate for middle earners, which was proposed by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar but is unlikely to be included in Tuesday’s budget.
one Irish Independent The reader contacted the Taoiseach to refer to a series of letters he had published in the newspaper over the past few months, calling for the introduction of a basic income. He pointed to a commitment in the government program to ask the Low Income Commission to look into a universal basic income to introduce a pilot scheme.
Regarding government discussions on future energy credits, the author asked: “Doesn’t he (Treasury Secretary Paschal Donohoe) and other ministers realize that the money they spend belongs to the citizens and is the best way to tackle the rising cost of living ? put money back in everyone’s pocket by introducing basic income so they can make their own spending decisions?”
The emails received by the Ministry of the Taoiseach span the past six months, at a time when the prices of essentials have continued to skyrocket.
An author who emailed Mr. Martin in April foresaw the crisis facing businesses across the country. “Hotels, bars, shopping malls, supermarkets, suppliers, etc. have their own heating/lighting bills. As their costs will rise far more, the prices of their products will also rise,” they wrote.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/my-wife-and-i-will-be-going-without-heat-extent-of-cost-of-living-crisis-laid-bare-in-letters-to-taoiseach-42013784.html ‘My wife and I will get by without heating’ – Extent of livelihood crisis revealed in letters to the Taoiseach