Local Households Encouraged To Apply For Energy Assistance

Local Households Encouraged To Apply For Energy Assistance

Hastings and Manning households could be receiving up to $250 to help manage their electricity bills with applications open for the NSW Government’s Family Energy Rebate for the 2013-14 financial year.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is calling on eligible families in the Port Macquarie, Camden Haven and Manning Valley areas to take advantage of the energy assistance on offer, with an online application form making it easy for households to apply and receive the Rebate.

The Rebate increased from $75 to $125 on 1 July 2013, rising to $150 by 2014, and is available to households who currently receive the Commonwealth Government’s Family Tax Benefit A or B.

“More than 540,000 families across NSW are eligible to receive the Rebate as a credit on their electricity bill and I want to make sure that any local household eligible for the rebate gets it,” Mrs Williams said.

“If also eligible to receive the NSW Government’s Low Income Household Rebate, households could be saving up to $250 off their electricity bill.

“The process for local residents to apply for the Rebate has never been easier with an online application form to help busy households receive the assistance measure.

“The money is there, the funding for assistance is available and so I urge eligible families to submit their application for the 2013/14 financial year,” Mrs Williams said.

To be eligible for the 2013-2014 Family Energy Rebate, you must:

Be a NSW resident;and Have submitted a tax return for the previous financial year and be eligible for the Federal Government’s Family Tax Benefit A or B at any time during the 2012-2013 financial year, and have received a relevant payment;and Be an account holder of an electricity retailer, or a long-term resident of a caravan or mobile home park and whose name appears on the electricity account for supply to her/his principal place of residence.

To apply online, head to http://www.energy.nsw.gov.au/customers/rebates and select the ‘Family Energy Rebate’ link or call the Energy Information Line on 1300 136 888 for eligibility information for the rebate.

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