Source Business Directory
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.”




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published.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



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

RSL Charities Face Reform and Compliance Action

Luke Michael

Thursday, 17th May 2018 at 4:33 pm

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

POPULAR

Fears NDIA Will Force People into Shared Accommodation Settings

Luke Michael

Monday, 14th May 2018 at 3:48 pm

The Welfare Sector is the Biggest Loser

Leon Gettler

Wednesday, 9th May 2018 at 10:35 am

Housing and Homelessness ‘Forgotten and Abandoned’ in Budget

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 9th May 2018 at 11:55 am

Community Housing Integration to Help Address Affordability Crisis

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 9th May 2018 at 2:55 pm

Source Business Directory
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

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

You have Successfully Subscribed!