Cost of Living – David Hodgett

Cost of Living

Croydon electorate Cost of Living – A Priority for David Hodgett

Easing the squeeze on everyday Victorians

One thing we can all agree on – the cost of living just keeps going up and up! From groceries to gas, from coffee to car parking, rent to rates – everything seems to cost more each time you have to pay for it. The increased cost of living affects us all. Melbourne is the third most expensive city in Australia and inflation is rising faster here than in other Australian cities. Our energy prices are spiralling out of control. Average household power bills have risen over 16 per cent in the past year. We need to ease the squeeze on everyday Victorians.

$250 Power Saving Bonus

To assist with easing the cost of living on my constituents, I have recently written to many of my constituents to inform them of the Power Saving Bonus for $250, which has not been well advertised and there may be a lot of eligible households that may miss out on this bonus.

The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off payment to provide direct support to Victorian households experiencing energy bill stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that every eligible household is guaranteed a $250 bonus, however, the bonus may only be accessed once per household.

The program is now open and is available until 31st January 2022. You will need to apply online by visiting www.compare.energy.vic.gov.au.

It only takes five minutes to apply and you will need an emailed copy of your bill from your provider (a photocopy or scan copy will not work).

If you do not have an emailed copy of your bill, you can use your National Metering Identifier (NMI) number that will be stated on a copy of your electricity bill. Your NMI is a 10 or 11 digit number, which can usually be found at the top of the second page of your electricity bill. If you cannot locate it, you will need to either contact your current retailer or distributor to find out this information.

Once you complete your application online you will receive a confirmation email immediately. When your application has been approved you will receive an email from info.vec@delwp.vic.gov.au to ask for your bank details. This is the official government email, do not give any bank details to any other emails or SMS.

Your payment will be paid via Electronic Funds Transfer into your designated bank account within 2-3 weeks of submission; there may be delays during high demand periods.

To be eligible to apply you must be able to meet the following eligibility requirements:

You must be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account).

You must receive one of the following concession benefits:

  • Centrelink Pension Concession Card
  • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Abstudy or Austudy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card

If you are having trouble submitting an application, the following support options may be able to help.

• Calling the Victorian Energy Compare helpline on 1800 000 832. This helpline can provide guidance to help individuals submit an application and also submit applications on behalf of individuals who are unable to submit one on their own.

• Calling the Energy Assistance helpline on 1800 830 029. This helpline can connect individuals with an approved community organisation, who can submit applications on behalf of individuals who are unable to submit one on their own.

• Seeking support from friends and family members who can assist you to submit an application on the Victorian Energy Compare website.

As your State Member of Parliament, I want to inform as many people as possible who are eligible for this $250 Power Saving Bonus to help alleviate financial burden during these difficult times.

If I can be of any further assistance, please contact me at my office on 9725-3570 or email me at david.hodgett@parliament.vic.gov.au.

David.

 

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