February 4, 2014

Waive electricity debts of people with destroyed houses – Eustace

The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) is suggesting that VINLEC waives the electricity debts of people whose houses were completely destroyed during the recent flooding disaster.{{more}}

During yesterday’s broadcast of the New Times programme, Opposition leader, Arnhim Eustace made this recommendation, noting that VINLEC has provision for handling bad debt.

“The New Democratic Party is recommending that they write off any electricity bill outstanding for those properties that were destroyed during the storm,” Eustace said.

According to the Opposition leader, VINLEC has between seven and eight million dollars to cover bad debt. He also stated that with lives being lost, and people having to rebuild, they may not be able to pay what they owe.

“I’m recommending to VINLEC that they do that for those persons who are in that position where their houses have been destroyed. I’m saying in addition to what has been done already…write off the bad debt that they have.,” he said.

Eustace described the situation as a very serious matter and stated that no “big dent” will be made in the electricity company’s finances.