Good 360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Leadership

Cost of Living Set To Rise in NSW


Wednesday, 13th June 2012 at 5:55 pm
Staff Reporter
Average gas and electricity prices in NSW are set to rise by 18 per cent from 1 July, according to data released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Wednesday, 13th June 2012
at 5:55 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Cost of Living Set To Rise in NSW
Wednesday, 13th June 2012 at 5:55 pm

Average gas and electricity prices in NSW are set to rise by 18 per cent from 1 July, according to data released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

According to IPART the increase can be attributed to rising infrastructure costs and the introduction of the carbon price.

Director of Advocacy at Anglicare Sydney Sue King said the increase over 2012-13 will cause “deep social and economic exclusion for the most vulnerable households”.

“Combined with increases in electricity prices last year, we are looking at a 35 percent increase in 12 months. That is unsustainable, especially for vulnerable households,” she said.

“Federal and State Government rebates are welcome, but they are not adequate to address systemic issues of increased network costs and the impact of the Carbon Tax.

“Anglicare Sydney is disappointed that the NSW Budget failed to more directly assist vulnerable households, but instead offered rebates to households earning up to $150,000.”

According to King, the organisation saw the highest level of demand in emergency relief it distributed to households who were unable to pay their utility bills after the 2011 electricity price rise.

“We expect a further significant increase in the number of people seeking assistance with bills as a result of these price increases,” said King.

“We also expect an increase in households needing food because they are too financially stressed with bills.

“Rebates alone are not the answer. Long term solutions are desperately needed to reign in network costs, ensure high energy users shoulder a heavier burden under the Carbon Tax and better targeted assistance at vulnerable households rather than upper middle income households.

“For many this winter, it will be a choice between heating and eating.”



FEATURED SUPPLIERS


...


Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

More Suppliers


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Social Sector Says NSW Budget is ‘Disappointing’

Rachel McFadden

Wednesday, 21st June 2017 at 1:40 pm

Report Calls for Funding Subsidy to Bridge the Gap in Social Housing Costs

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 13th April 2017 at 3:09 pm

NSW Promotes Partnership for Social Change

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 11:13 am

Australia’s Carbon Emitters Need the Stick, Not the Carrot

Ellie Cooper

Wednesday, 7th September 2016 at 10:32 am

POPULAR

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!