Two thirds of people are struggling to pay household bills. And more than half of these say that financial worries has a detrimental effect on their health. The bill that causes most pressure is motor insurance. This is because Ireland is one of the most car dependent societies in the world – because of our lack of proper public transport. A further reason is that insurance companies have been allowed to jack up prices by this Fine Gael led government.
Here are three simple things that could be done to reduce stress over household bills.
· Set up a publicly owned insurance company on the lines of a similar one in Manitoba province in Canada and provide cheap insurance.
· Invest in public transport and cut the fares to get people out of cars.
· Put in for a pay rise – and make sure your union fights properly for it.