In a suprising move the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is banging the drum on “energy poverty”:
New figures obtained by the Greens reveal that between 2004 and 2010, while the average household electricity and gas costs increased from $993 to $1506, the Energy Concession Rebate for low income households increased by a measly $5.86.
Greens Spokesperson for Energy, Shane Rattenbury, says the ACT Government has failed to support those most vulnerable to energy price increases in the ACT community.
“The Government has failed struggling households by not increasing the energy Concession Rebate to a level that mirrors energy prices rises,” said Mr. Rattenbury.
In response to a Question on Notice, Minister Joy Burch provided figures showing that between 2004 and 2010, average household electricity and gas costs skyrocketed from $993 to $1506, but the Energy Concession Rebate increased by just $5.86.
“That a massive 50% increase in bills, but the government increased the support payment by only 3% over the same period.
Isn’t price signalling to reduce consumption rather a key part of Green policy?