We have been brought yet more unwelcome news — gas prices have been raised; and electricity and domestic oil prices are likely to follow.
The utilities and the regulator tell us this is inevitable given events in eastern Europe. Perhaps this is correct, but what is the government/ regulator doing to ensure that any profits, and any other company resources are being used to soften the blow to consumers, and not to soften the blow to shareholders?
I have seen the streets and pavements around my home, and throughout towns like Ballymena, dug up and left in a deplorable state — residents have endured months of noise, dirt and inconvenience to allow utility companies to pursue their business interests.
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Will pre-Covid/ pre-world-gas-price-crisis profits be used to re-instate our streets, roads and pavements? It seems that the Department for Infrastructure isn’t quite sure what the word reinstatement means.
Mrs Florence Robinson, (Aged 90) Ballymena
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