Low income households struggle to pay their power supply bills, study suggests

Low income households struggle to pay their power supply bills, study suggests
The poorer a household, the more it struggles to pay the monthly power supply bills. This is the conclusion of a recent study, according to which, many Albanian households struggle to pay their power supply bills, adding that they cannot even use power supply to meet their basic needs. “Households on incomes under 10 thousand lek a month spend no less than 36% of their incomes on the power supply bill, while households on incomes over 50 thousand lek a month, spend no more than 12% of their incomes to pay for electricity”, the study carried out by the Regional Environment Center of Albania (REC) suggests.

These figures indicate how much more a household on low incomes struggles to pay its power supply bill in comparison to high income households. Although the latter pay a higher bill, they can afford to do so. “Households on average incomes of over 50 thousand lek compared to those on average incomes less than 10 thousand lek, on average pay 1.6 times more in their power supply bill. However, if we see this as percentage on household incomes spent on power supply bills, higher income households seem to be in a better position”, experts say. Meanwhile, asked “if they have difficulties in paying their power supply bill, 62% of respondents have said ‘yes’”. “It goes without saying that households on average incomes less than 10 thousand lek a month are the most affected ones. What’s interesting though is that other categories too (except for households on average incomes over 50 thousand lek) find it more difficult (their levels range from 69% to 87%), experts also argue.

 

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