Bill relief for seniors

Rob Waite [National Seniors Australia WA representative] and Dr Mike Nahan Minister for Finance,Energy and Multicultural intrested
Rob Waite [National Seniors Australia WA representative] and Dr Mike Nahan Minister for Finance,Energy and Multicultural intrested

To help with the rising cost of living, the State Government has announced a payment to assist pensioners, veterans and seniors with their electricity bills.

Finance Minister Mike Nahan said eligibility for the payment had been extended to cover people in group-style accommodation who were not billed directly by Synergy or Horizon Power.

It is estimated that 15,000 to 25,000 eligible pensioners, veterans and seniors may benefit from the extension of the cost of living assistance payment. ‘I am pleased to be able to extend this benefit to the people in our community who need extra help to meet some of their household costs,’ Dr Nahan said.

‘The payments for this financial year will begin to flow through in June.’

Eligible recipients of the cost of living assistance payment could also be eligible for further financial support for energy consumption costs in the form of a dependent child rebate.

A third payment is also available for eligible households in areas of high heat discomfort to subsidise the cost of operating an air-conditioner. The amount of the subsidy varies depending on where they live.