Energy rebates for pensioners and vulnerable Queenslanders 

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said low-income families and pensioners will receive welcome help to deal with cost of living pressures from today, with increases to Queensland Government rebates for electricity costs.

Mr Elmes said the State Government has allocated $164.6 million in 2014-15 for energy rebates and concessions – an increase of more than $25 million over last year.

“This will equate to hundreds of dollars’ worth of savings for pensioners to help with electricity bills,” Mr Elmes said.

“The increases honour a State Government promise earlier this month, to make-up the shortfall left by the Federal Government’s cuts to pensioner concessions in the May budget.

“The Queensland Government promised to lower the cost of living wherever we could and we’re making sure that pensioners and other vulnerable Queenslanders get some relief on household costs.

“Pensioners and older Queenslanders had made it clear they couldn’t afford the cost of filling the gap between Queensland’s increased contribution, and the Commonwealth’s cuts.

“The Queensland Government has listened to their concerns and acted quickly to cover the loss of Canberra’s contribution.”

Queensland pensioners and seniors will be able to apply for an electricity rebate of $320.97 a year - an increase of $38.43.

The Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme will increase by $38.43 to $320.97, while the Electricity Life Support Concession Scheme will rise as high as $653.70 per year for oxygen concentrators and $437.77 per year for kidney dialysis.

In addition, up to $720 a year in emergency payments will continue to be available for low income households under the $10 million Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme.

The state government is also maintaining the $120 annual subsidy under the South East Queensland Pensioner Water Subsidy Scheme.

Further information on these schemes is available at http://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/electricity-gas-rebates/