Pensioners welcome NSW Government’s Energy Bill Relief Package, but Percentage-Based Rebate Still Needed

Article published 4 September 2017

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“CPSA welcomes the NSW Government’s energy bill relief package, which will provide much needed emergency support for vulnerable households. With NSW energy bills set to reach record highs over the next year, the increase of the Low Income Household Rebate from $235 to $285 couldn’t come soon enough. But CPSA is concerned that the NSW Government have not opted to introduce a percentage-based rebate, which is the only way to safeguard vulnerable households against skyrocketing bills.” said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

“CPSA welcomes measures that will see energy companies forced to take greater responsibility for vulnerable customers. It makes sense for low income households to be on the best value plans, so CPSA is particularly pleased with the introduction of penalties for energy companies that fail to place rebate recipients on the best value plans.

“The energy bill relief package is a welcome first step in the journey to affordable energy and it is critical that the NSW Government doesn’t lose momentum. A percentage-based rebate in combination with targeted support to assist vulnerable households reduce their energy usage is the only way forward.” Ms Blaikie said.

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