Power cut-offs soar as families struggle with bills

Source: SMH

AN INCREASING number of households have had their electricity disconnected due to their inability to pay their bills, with the state government under pressure to boost assistance to avoid further disconnections.

Figures to be published today show in the year to June there were a record 813 complaints to the Energy and Water Ombudsman, Clare Petre, from households about having their electricity supply cut-off due to financial hardship, a rise of 18 per cent.

At the same time, there was an 8 per cent rise in complaints from households facing disconnections due to financial hardship – a total of 1502 complaints lodged with the Ombudsman.

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