Energy bill relief for those experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus
Small businesses and residents affected by COVID-19 in Ballarat will be able to access electricity bill relief.
A new support package was announced by energy network businesses this week, as Ballarat heads into the colder months.
It comes as thousands of people have lost their jobs or had their income cut as a result of restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Centacare chief executive Tony Fitzgerald said electricity costs for people in financial hardship meant they often elected not to use heating in winter to reduce their bills.
“That issue has been around for a while because of the fairly substantial increases that we have been forced to endure as electricity prices have risen,” he said.
“It has become a tool for people to manage their electricity costs to not use heating or hardly have it on at all.
“If you add in the COVID-19 impact on top of that, you have got more people at home because they are either working from home or they are in isolation under guidelines.”
Article source: The Courier