NSW ups limit on energy accounts payments assistance cheques to $1600 per year

NSW ups limit on energy accounts payments assistance cheques to $1600 per year

NSW residents who struggle to keep the lights on during lockdown can apply for up to $1,600 in energy bill assistance, Energy Minister Matt Kean has said. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia

NSW residents who struggle to keep the lights on during lockdown can now apply for up to $1600 in energy bill assistance.

The yearly limit for Energy Accounts Payments Assistance cheques was previously $1200 but has been increased to help those slugged financially by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

“The current Covid outbreak has put an increased strain on some household budgets, with more of us staying at home during these winter months,” NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean said.

“In this difficult time, we want make sure households in NSW not only keep the lights on but keep their families safe, warm and comfortable.”

The vouchers are available through Service NSW and require a government agent to first assess the applicant to make sure they’re eligible.

People who are experiencing a short-term financial crisis can apply for the vouchers, which are sent by the government directly to energy retailers and can only be used for bills that haven’t yet been paid.

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