Congratulations - every cent helps

Congratulations - every cent helps

Announcements made by the Queensland Government this year to ease cost-of-living pressures will mean thousands of Queensland households are better off in 2017.

Better targeting of concessions for electricity and public transport as well as reducing rent for public housing tenants will make a huge difference for some of Queensland households experiencing vulnerability.

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said, “QCOSS has been advocating for these changes for many years because we know it will make things a little easier for families who are having to make the tough decisions - to have a meal or pay the electricity bill, to get medication or pay the rent.

“I congratulate the government on making these changes because work done by the QCOSS tells us that cost-of-living pressures remain one of the major challenges for our most vulnerable households.

“These changes are a critical step in assisting our most vulnerable families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty and actively participate socially and economically.

It complements QCOSS' current work with Switched on Communities and other regional energy projects which aim to give people the tools they need to ensure they are getting the most out of the energy they use both now and into the future.

QCOSS will continue the working with the community sector, government and the private sector so that we are all working together to ensure Queenslanders have the best opportunities to move out of poverty.

For more than 55 years QCOSS has worked throughout Queensland to eliminate poverty and disadvantage.

QCOSS is an independent non-government organisation representing close to 600 organisations and individuals throughout Queensland.

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New cost-of-living initiatives

  • Extending the electricity rebate to health care card holders and asylum seekers from 1 April 2017.  This could be up to $330 per annum per household.
  • Extending public transport concessions to job seekers and asylum seekers from early 2017.
  • Changing the income calculation for public housing tenants to remove allowances, such as the Pension Supplement, Telephone Allowance, Pharmaceutical Allowance and Utilities Allowance, which will reduce the cost of rent. This came into effect on 5 December 2016.
  • The Government’s directive to Energex and Ergon to accept the Australian Energy Regulator’s decision to curb network costs.

Contacts
QCOSS CEO - Mark Henley 0448 075 087
Communication Manager - Karen Murphy 0423 245 252

QCOSS has been advocating for these changes for many years because we know it will make things a little easier for families who are having to make the tough decisions - to have a meal or pay the electricity bill, to get medication or pay the rent.