CPSA calls for more energy assistance for the vulnerable
The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) has welcomed the announcement that the Low Income Household Rebate will now go to pensioners who are living in retirement homes, but insists more can be done.
Senior policy advisor with CPSA Amelia Christie explained that other low income earners are not receiving the same assistance for their electricity bills.
She argued that people who are living in residential parks or a trailer park are some of the most vulnerable people in the state and are still not eligible to 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," she said.
Robert Green, a pensioner, has been lobbying the government for a number of years for the rebate, after he became ineligible once he and his wife moved into a retirement village.
He told the Daily Telegraph that he was very relieved to hear that the oversight had been resolved.
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Posted by Charlie Moore