Energy assistance expands but those in residential parks still miss out

“CPSA welcomes the announcement that the Low Income Household Rebate which rises to $225 from 1 July will now be available to pensioners living in retirement villages”, said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“While it is good news that more people on low incomes are able to access some assistance to pay their electricity bills, it’s still not the case that all low income people can access the assistance measures available.

“People living in residential parks who are among some of the state’s most vulnerable are still not able to access the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme.

“While the NSW Government is increasing the value of EAPA vouchers to $50 which customers can access during a crisis situation, the fact of the matter is that this will not increase the support for low income households who are eligible for them as there will be less vouchers available,” said Ms Christie.

Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Senior Policy Advisor
0410 612 182

CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 139 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 29,000 people.