From 1 July electricity prices will jump by an average of 17.3% across NSW, increasing bills by $216 to $316 per year.
This rise wipes out the NSW Government’s $200 Low Income Household Rebate (formerly called the Energy Rebate).
“Despite the rebate going up by $55 from 1 July for pensioners and others on low-incomes, the price hike announced today will effectively render the rebate void”, said Charmaine Crowe, Policy Coordinator.
“Pensioners will have to cut their food and health budgets to meet the higher cost of electricity, especially those in rural and regional NSW, where average bills are set to exceed $2,000 per year.”
“That equates to more than 10 per cent of the single pension, which is $18,961 per year.”
“The problem is that pensioners in the country pay up to $500 more per year for their electricity because of the higher supply charges, but they still get the same rebate as their city counterparts.”
“The NSW Government must reform the energy rebate so that it covers 100 per cent of the supply charge and a percentage of usage charges to make the rebate fairer and better help pensioners meet the skyrocketing cost of electricity, especially those in the bush.”
Contact: Charmaine Crowe, CPSA Policy Coordinator
Mobile: 0410 612 182