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29% Of Households Are In Fuel Povery - ESRI

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Up to 40% of Irish households could be facing fuel poverty this winter.

New research from the ESRI found 29% are struggling because of high energy costs.

That's up from a previous high of 23% which was recorded in 1995.

Inflation between January and April means households are now paying an extra €21.27 per week on energy.

However, that rises to €38.63 more per week if petrol or diesel are included.

Co-author of the report and ESRI economist Dr Barra Roantree says government can help those most vulnerable.

He's recommending the government extend the fuel allowance, pay a Christmas Bonus style payment to those on lower income this autumn and to couple it with the electricity.

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