The Malta Independent 28 January 2023, Saturday
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Overcharging: PN tells government to reimburse clients, or face a court case

Monday, 5 December 2022, 14:30 Last update: about 3 months ago

The government today has its last chance to choose to do justice with all those who have been overcharged in their water and energy bills, the Nationalist Party said in a statement.

This afternoon Parliament will be discussing a motion submitted by the Nationalist Party to amend Legal Notices 243 and 244 of 2022, aiming to have clients reimbursed for what they have been overcharged not only in 2022, but in previous years too.

This motion was put forward by the Ppposition in July after energy minister Miriam Dalli announced that clients who were overcharged will be compensated up to a maximum of €8 depending on their consumption patterns.

Additionally, a court ruled that ARMS, the company that bills customers for water and electricity violated the law by billing clients proportionally rather than annually.

“The content of the legal notices states what the Nationalist Party has been stating about how the "cumulative annual consumption" should be worked out. However for there to be really justice, these Legal Notices must come into force with effect from 1 January 2014, the year in which consumers started receiving the current bills every two months and not only from 1 January 2022, as stated in the legal notices published by the Government.”

In the event that the Government continues to “be stubborn, the opposition will start the proceedings in the Courts for the collective class action it launched last September.

Therefore, it is encouraging those who have not yet registered their interest to join this cause to do so by December 9, from the website or by visiting the PN’s headquarters.

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