Small relief in rebate
A SMALL hike in pensioners’ electricity rebates will be a slight help, according to Monto’s June Kilah.
The pensioner said she would be grateful for a $320.97 rebate from the State Government, which was $38.43 more than was available last year.
But she said it would go as quickly as it came “on one bill or another”.
“I don’t budget because I just always try and save money wherever I can. Everything is getting more expensive these days,” she said.
Mrs Kilah said she was forking out “twice as much as two years ago for power” – about $250 each quarter.
“Sometimes I find myself following people around, especially men, turning the lights out for them,” she said, with a laugh.
“I let myself put the heater on for about an hour at night to warm the place up, but then I turn it off.”
Despite a 13.6% power increase from July 1, Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mark Henley said the majority of pensioners would be better off with this concession increase.
“It essentially comes down to each individual’s electricity usage. If they are high electricity users then they may not be (better off),” he said.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the government was increasing a range of concessions and rebates to help with electricity and gas bills.