Self-funded retirees will now be eligible for a $200 per year rebate on their power bill.
The rebate will be available to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders and accessible through Service NSW centres and online.
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said: “This new rebate will mean more seniors on the Central Coast will get the cost of living support they deserve.”
Liberal candidate for The Entrance, Brian Perrem, welcomed the announcement for the self-funded retirees in his electorate.
“Self-funded retirees worked hard to ensure they weren’t a burden on their families and the government in their senior years,” Mr Perrem said.
“It’s great to see that they can now access this rebate too.”
Minister for Energy, Don Harwin, said the NSW Government has already introduced a range of reforms to put downward pressure on energy bills, including increasing rebates by 20 per cent, and cutting $7b in costs from the electricity networks.
The NSW Government has also provided discounts on energy efficiency upgrades for thousands of families and small businesses, and introduced the Energy Switch service to help households get a better electricity deal and increase competition in the retail energy sector.
“The NSW Government invests $300 million each year on energy rebates, with almost one third of all electricity customers receiving a rebate,” Mr Harwin said.
Minister for Ageing Tanya Daviessaid: “Pensioners already benefit from rebates, but this new program will ensure all senior customers across NSW who have worked hard for their retirement will have much-needed hip-pocket relief now too.”
The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card applies to Australians aged 65 and over, with an income of up to $54,929 a year for singles and $87,884 a year for couples.
Media release, Feb 11
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch