Skyrocketing energy bills and a cost-of-living crisis have driven the Member Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Emma Kealy, to demand the Andrews Labor Government to immediately extend the $250 Power Saving Bonus.
The current round of the Power Saving Bonus closes at midnight on August 31 and all eligible households, including those that received payments under previous rounds, are encouraged to apply.
“Many local families, pensioners and small businesses are experiencing power price hikes of around 30%, so it’s essential the Labor urgently commit to extend the Power Saving Bonus and take pressure off household bills,” Ms Kealy said.
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Ms Kealy asked the Minister for Energy to take immediate action to extend the Power Saving Bonus to help ease the enormous pressure on family budgets caused by Labor’s cost of living crisis.
“Labor’s incompetence and mismanagement have driven the cost of living to spiral out of control for Victorian families. A $250 saving can mean the difference between putting food on the table or going hungry”, Ms Kealy said.
“While this is by no means a cure-all for the hip-pocket pain people right across the region are enduring, it’s cash back at a time when people need it most.”
Those who haven’t yet applied for the current round of the Power Saving Bonus can do so until midnight on 31st August.
For further information, eligibility criteria and to apply, visit the Victorian Energy Compare website at https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au/