Cost of Living

Quality of life is directly affected by an individual's ability to access essential goods and services in an affordable manner. Increases to the costs of essentials such as energy, water, communications and food have a disproportionately negative impact on pensioners and other low-income households as a greater proportion of their income is consumed in meeting these costs.

Read CPSA's full cost of living policy here.


Smoke alarm subsidy for people with hearing impairment

It's a well-known fact that smoke alarms save lives, but what about people who cannot hear a standard smoke alarm?

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Energy rebates need reform says NSW Auditor-General

Energy affordability seems to be settling in as a long-term issue. But the question remains: Will the raft of energy rebates be able to protect the most vulnerable from the worst of it?

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Energy Supplement update

The Australian Government's plan to cut the Energy Supplement appears to be floundering in Parliament. 

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NSW Energy Bill Relief Package: a much needed first step

The NSW Government energy bill relief package has come just in time for the many households receiving their first bill since the 20% energy price hike took effect in July.

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Pensioner Concession Card reinstated

Just a reminder to those who lost their part pension on 1 January this year that you will get your Pensioner Concession Card back this month (9 October 2017).

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