$200 CLAIM FOR POWER BILL HELP FOR SELF-FUNDED RETIREES
For the first time about 130,000 self-funded retirees will be able to claim $200 a year to help with their power bills, thanks to a new initiative from the NSW Nationals in government.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the initiative is aimed at taking cost of living pressure off seniors in the region.
“This is great news for retirees in our region. The rebates will be available to customers who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card through Service NSW centres and online from 1 July 2019.
“This rebate is in addition to our current range of energy rebates, which includes the $285 Low Income Household Rebate and the $110 Gas Rebate, which help pensioners and veterans with their electricity and gas bills.
“I understand that energy costs are putting pressure on those with fixed incomes and I have been working hard to support this policy that will ensure that self-funded retirees receive the backing they deserve.
“As a result of this hard work, we are able to give back to the community to help take the pressure off households, particularly our seniors.
“In government we will deliver this new rebate for eligible self-funded retirees across NSW in addition to the help we already provide to families, pensioners and other low income households.
“We’ve increased rebates across the board by 20 per cent, taken $7 billion in costs out of the electricity networks and now we are driving down prices with our solar and battery package – we are taking action to bring down bills,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The Nationals in government invest $300 million each year on energy rebates, with almost one third of all electricity customers receiving a rebate.
The Nationals in government’s household appliance replacement program, for households vulnerable to bill stress, has already helped 17,600 households cut their bills by up to $200 a year.
This program will extend NSW’s generous energy rebates to self-funded retirees for the first time.