Published On: Wed, Jan 25th, 2017

Relief program

The seniors’ relief program utilities company Gebe offers seems to meet the cry from politicians for a better treatment of the elderly in our society. Bravo.

But who will be the recipients? If we look at the criteria, the relief is for every citizen who is 62 years of age or older. Yes, there are other conditions: you have to be a Gebe-client and the contract has to be in your name.

That’s not all: clients must also have been in good standing with Gebe for the past five years. What exactly does that mean? If you were late with a payment once, you don’t qualify?

The one criterion missing though is an important one: income. Minimum wage earners and seniors with a generous income both qualify for the same discount on their electricity bill.

We find this incomprehensible. A simple adjustment would free up more funds for those citizens who need this support the most.