Workers can't pay power bills

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Wed, 2011-08-03 11:39
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Sun Herald, 31 July 2011

People who work, and not pensioners, the unemployed and students, are the new group who face having their electricity disconnected in NSW, writes the Sun Herald’s Alicia Wood.

Both the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre report that working people are increasingly facing disconnection, and it is a trend that would get worse.

Carolyn Hodge (pictured), Senior Policy Officer at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said she expected an increase in disconnections in the current financial year because of “price pressures”.

She said working people were vulnerable to disconnection because they were less likely to qualify for low-income rebates.

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