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Question Without Notice No. 657 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 August 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 22 August 2018

HARDSHIP UTILITY GRANT SCHEME — SYNERGY AND HORIZON POWER

657. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:

I thank the minister for his recent response to my question regarding power prices. I now further inquire to make comparisons with the previous year.

(1) How many of the hardship utility grant scheme applications in the 2016–17 financial year were exclusively for electricity bills?

(2) How many households in WA were disconnected in the 2016–17 financial year and for what reasons?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) For the 2016–17 financial year, there were 39 012 hardship utility grant scheme applications. Of these, 28 405 were from electricity providers. The figures represent the total number of successful applications provided, not the total number of individuals who received a HUGS grant. Individuals can receive more than one grant in a calendar year and therefore may be represented more than once in the data.

(2) In the 2016–17 financial year, 25 751 Synergy customers were disconnected. Of these, 15 125 were disconnected for non-payment and 10 626 were disconnected for using energy with no application for an account. In the 2016–17 financial year, 4 072 Horizon Power customers were disconnected. Of these, 3 400 were disconnected for non-payment and 672 were disconnected for using energy with no application for an account.