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.
THERE may well be a light at the end of the tunnel for households struggling with the ever-rising electricity bills.
FROM 1 July 2013 low-income retirement village residents will be eligible for the $225 Low Income Household Rebate to help cover the cost of energy bills.
IT HAS been revealed that certain businesses are exploiting the Centrelink Centrepay system and ripping off people on income support, so Centrepay is undergoing a review.
ENOUGH is enough! The Council Rate Rebate to assist pensioners to pay their Council rates has not increased at all since it was introduced in 1993.