QCOSS media release 27 October 2017
A light at the end of the tunnel
Low-income households will see some light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the Queensland Government’s Affordable Energy Plan this week.
The plan takes on aboard some key planks of Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) advocacy to reduce cost-of-living pressures for low-income households in Queensland.
“The expansion of Energy Savvy Families, $50 a year off electricity bills, and holding the electricity price increase to CPI all make a difference,” said Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO. “We are particularly pleased to see the expansion of the Energy Savvy Families program and we are looking forward to partnering with the Queensland Government again to deliver this program for regional families”
“Many vulnerable households have larger than average bills as they are often renters in poor quality housing and cannot afford energy efficient appliances.
“Rebates to help purchase these energy efficient appliances and savings on solar will certainly help some, because we know that many people are making tough decisions between paying for their electricity, or covering the cost of other essentials such as rent, medication, food or uniforms for their kids,” Mr Henley said.
“QCOSS is pleased to see some of the initiatives we have been advocating for included in this plan, such as trialling approaches to removing barriers to solar on rental properties.
“It is important to remember that fighting cost-of-living pressures for low-income families is not a one announcement proposition but is an ongoing process.
“We look forward to continuing to work with government in this ongoing fight to ensure people on low incomes can have a decent standard of living.”
For more than 55 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members from throughout Queensland, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.
For more information or to arrange an interview with
Mark Henley, contact Karen Murphy 0423 245 252