Joy Burch has announced the money she’s shelling out $12 million (over four years) for the beloved low income households.
The additional money is part of an ACT Government 2011-12 Budget initiative which allocated $12 million over four years for utility concessions to help ease the cost of living for vulnerable families – equating to $131 per eligible household per annum – from July 1 this year.
“The ACT Government acknowledges that some families face cost of living pressures, including from utility costs, and that although the Government does not set these prices we can help families with the costs,” Ms Burch said.
“I hope that by providing eligible low income families with an extra $131 each year we can cushion the impact of price rises.”
UPDATE: We asked the Minister’s office how this money is accessed and received this reply:
If you are already receiving an ACT Government energy concession then you will receive the increase. Holders of the following cards are eligible for the rebate: Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC) and Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card. More info available here: http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/wac/concessions/energy_concession