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Kealy: Check for eligibility
M“I’m concerned the State Government has done a terrible job in advertising this payment, particularly to those who don’t access social media” – Emma Kealy
ember for Lowan Emma Kealy is concerned residents across the region eligible for a one-off $250 State Government payment are missing out on financial help the money provides.
Ms Kealy said the $250 Power Saving Bonus was a rebate for Victorian electricity account holders who had a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or received payments under concession programs.
The programs include Centrelink pensioner concession; Jobseeker; Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy; or Department of Veterans Affairs pensioner concession.
Ms Kealy said she wanted to ensure people eligible for the rebate did not miss out.
“I’m concerned the State Government has done a terrible job in advertising this payment, particularly to those who don’t access social media,” she said.
“That – combined with the decision to make applications online only – will lead to many of our most vulnerable residents missing out.
“That’s why I have sent letters to all Lowan constituents explaining the application process for the Power Saving Bonus.
“The letter also advises that those without access to the internet, or who simply require guidance to complete their application, can seek over the phone assistance through the Brotherhood of St Laurence by calling 1800 830 029.”
Ms Kealy said many regional Neighbourhood Houses were also providing outreach services to help people with their applications.
A list of participating Neighbourhood Houses is available online at www.nhvic.org.au.
Ms Kealy said she was also aware there might be people aged under 65 or simply not on the electoral roll who were eligible for but unaware of the program and encouraged people to spread the word.
“If you have a loved one or neighbour who might be eligible for this payment, please ensure they are aware of it,” she said.
Ms Kealy said people could check their eligibility and find out more about the Power Saving Bonus by visiting Victorian Energy Compare website at compare.energy.vic.gov. au.