Vulnerable elderly ‘face choice between eating and heating’

PENSIONERS fear that Guernsey’s most vulnerable elderly residents could face the choice between ‘eating and heating’ thanks to high electricity bills.

Charles Renouf, 80, who was at Salvation Army Community Centre in Nocq Road said, Guernsey electricity customers were being ripped off, but he was fortunate to be in an economical property. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1290593)
Charles Renouf, 80, who was at Salvation Army Community Centre in Nocq Road said, Guernsey electricity customers were being ripped off, but he was fortunate to be in an economical property. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1290593)

PENSIONERS fear that Guernsey’s most vulnerable elderly residents could face the choice between ‘eating and heating’ thanks to high electricity bills.

The backlash came from residents at the Salvation Army Community Centre in St Sampson’s yesterday, after the regulator announced that local households are being hit with annual electricity bills more than a third – £300 – higher than in Jersey.

Charles Renouf, 80, said Guernsey customers were being ripped off, but he was fortunate to be in an economical property.

John Strachan, 69, reacted angrily to the difference in prices.

‘It is a licence to print money,’ he said.

Comments for: "Vulnerable elderly ‘face choice between eating and heating’"

soph

Not just pensioners!

We all suffer.

Real Guern

Yes, but pensioners can't work or get a 2nd job to supplement their income.

becks

A handy tip for ANYONE at this time of year.

If you are feeling cold then get a large cardboard box and fill it with polystyrene chips. Put on lots of layers of woolly clothes and thick socks, put your feet in the box and you can watch your Eastenders and Corrie as warm as toast.

You can get the cardboard boxes and poly chips for free so all your money can then be used for your beans on toast and Xmas pudding.

From one pensioner to another,

Happy Xmas.

soph

Nice one becks! Oh don't forget thermal socks, they work if your tooties are warm. Cold feet = cold all over

Ray

In the winter I tend to move my armchair into the corner of the room where it's always ninety degrees

Pedant

Ray,

Nice one ! It isn't in my lounge, my blockie wouldn't know 90degrees from the hole in his hod !

;-))

Ray

On the subject of eating ... I see that Mr Creasey has arranged for his St Martins M & S to be open for an extra 3 HOURS on Sunday 23 December (7am -10pm)

I suppose that's purely out of the kindness of his heart seeing that Waitrose was refused special permission to open AT ALL on that day

Martino

Well spotted Ray. I wonder if any of the hypocrites in our States of Deliberation who voted against Sunday Trading will be making use of this extra opening time at Mr 'anti Sunday trading' Creasey's establishment ?

Even more to the point, will the hypocrites on Commerce and Employment who voted against Waitrose being allowed to open on the two Sundays before Christmas be shopping anywhere else at all on those two days?