The announcement today of increased electricity prices signals more pain for households already struggling with the cost of living. The draft decision on electricity pricing released by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) today outlines a three year price path for residential consumers which will see an increase in costs for the average consumer of 21.4 percent from 1 July. Similar hefty increases have also been flagged for the following two financial years.
Rapidly increasing electricity prices have received a great deal of attention in recent years. What has received less attention is that the number of disconnections for non-payment of electricity bills has been on a similar upwards trajectory. In three of the four years to June 2011, the percentage of customers disconnected in Queensland was higher than in any other jurisdiction in Australia. Since disconnection rates are an indicator of market performance and levels of hardship, Queensland’s high rate should be a matter of concern for the electricity sector. QCOSS undertook a survey of community sector workers in late 2011 to gather information about the factors contributing to disconnection. The findings of this survey and an analysis of a log of calls made to QCOSS about energy issues are presented in this report
The National Disability Insurance Scheme partnership proposed by the Queensland Government yesterday is good news for people with a disability.
Better access to interpreters for non-English speakers could provide longer term cost savings for Queensland says a report released today by the Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group.
Tens of thousands of Queenslanders will continue to be able to access tenancy advice services because of the federal government’s announcement today to provide emergency funding for these services to 30 June next year.
The Queensland Council of Social Service today warned Queensland electricity consumers on market contracts to check whether their supplier will set prices for tariff 11 higher than the government regulated price from July 1.
The QCOSS Cost of Living report released today calls for targeted assistance for those needing it the most. It also reveals that many low income households still struggle to afford a basic standard of living. And the report calls for energy and transport concessions to be extended to all Health Care Card users.
The Property Council of Australia has joined the Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) campaign to secure ‘A Fairer Queensland’
More than 32 Community service organisations, government agencies and community members have worked together to plan and start implementing a set of 24 concrete actions and targets that will reduce homelessness in the Mount Isa region.
A review of electricity concessions for disadvantaged Queenslanders is more important than ever following today’s announcement of new tariffs, says Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mark Henley.
More than 46 Community service organisations, government agencies and community members have worked together to plan and start implementing a set of 18 concrete actions and targets that will reduce homelessness in the Caboolture, Morayfield and Deception Bay region
Moves towards a more “cost-reflective” energy tariff structure must be accompanied by a review of current Queensland Government programs to assist vulnerable and low-income customers, warns the Queensland Council of Social Service.
Local communities in seven Queensland homelessness “hot spots” have stepped up to join the government and community service organisations in developing comprehensive plans to end homelessness at a local level.