Call for electricity market reform

People go without food and without paying rent. There just isn’t enough money for power, especially during winter

THE head of a Sunraysia support service says a review and reforms in the retail electricity market are urgently needed to better support low-income households.

It comes after the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) released its Power Struggles report this week that showed people were making sacrifices to pay utility bills, including cutting back on food and going without heating, cooling and lighting.

Mallee Family Care CEO Teresa Jayet said the agency provided financial counselling support and that the findings of the report were consistent with the circumstances clients found themselves in.

“The VCOSS report articulated it very well,” she said. 

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