Independent election candidate Denis Naughten has confirmed that he is working with a not for profit organisation to provide discounts on phone and electricity accounts that would replace the allowances removed under the Household Benefits Scheme.
“In recent years we have seen the phone allowance removed completely and the number of free electricity units reduced. The scheme I am currently involved in negotiating would effectively re-instate these allowances through a discount on people’s phone and electricity accounts,” explained Denis Naughten.
“Households would then pay their bills through their social welfare payments and as a result receive a significant discount on the cost of electricity and phone calls.
“This proposal would also include the provision of a free phone, a free personal alarm and fall pendant as well as a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector that would be monitored remotely.
“At present discussions are ongoing with the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Communications on implementation of this and I am committed, if re-elected, to continuing to pursue this in the next Dáil,” concluded Denis Naughten.