Bud­get pain for State’s bat­tlers

Southern Telegraph - - News - S. Cru­den, Kwinana

So the WA Premier and State Trea­surer con­tinue hit­ting West Aus­tralians with ever in­creas­ing utilities charges.

It was only a few months ago that Mr McGowan and Mr Wy­att were say­ing more and more peo­ple were un­able to pay util­ity charges and were re­ly­ing on the State to pay the out­stand­ing amount.

They also went on to say util­ity com­pa­nies should do more to as­sist those un­able to pay their bills.

All well and good but if you’re not get­ting any in­come in­creases no pay­ment plan will change the same re­sult. The State pub­lic ser­vants were given a $1000 pay in­crease but pen­sion­ers got noth­ing.

Pen­sion­ers and those on wel­fare pay­ments only get a CPI in­crease twice a year, to­talling a few dol­lars if we are lucky.

So why is the McGowan Gov­ern­ment in­creas­ing util­ity charges greater than CPI?

How do they ex­pect strug­gling fam­i­lies and low-in­come earn­ers to pay the in­creases?

The State Bud­get is full of pain for those at the lower end of so­ci­ety.

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