Power rebates for QLD

Low-income households will see some light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the Queensland Government’s Affordable Energy Plan.


The plan takes on aboard some key planks of Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) advocacy to reduce cost-of-living pressures for low-income households in Queensland.


“The expansion of Energy Savvy Families, $50 a year off electricity bills, and holding the electricity price increase to CPI all make a difference,” said Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO.


“We are particularly pleased to see the expansion of the Energy Savvy Families program and we are looking forward to partnering with the Queensland Government again to deliver this program for regional families”


“Many vulnerable households have larger than average bills as they are often renters in poor quality housing and cannot afford energy efficient appliances.


“Rebates to help purchase these energy efficient appliances and savings on solar will certainly help some, because we know that many people are making tough decisions between paying for their electricity, or covering the cost of other essentials such as rent, medication, food or uniforms for their kids,” Mr Henley said.


“It is important to remember that fighting cost-of-living pressures for low-income families is not a one announcement proposition but is an ongoing process."


30 October 2017.