HARDSHIP UTILITY GRANT SCHEME
260. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the
Given the government's
COVID-19 economic response issued on Monday, and considering the stress many Western
Australian households are currently facing, can the government advise whether
the current restrictions on accessing the hardship utility grant scheme will
now be cancelled or amended?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the
The economic stimulus package
announced by the government on 16 March 2020 includes a one-off doubling of the
energy assistance payment in 2020–21, providing additional support of
$305—a total of $610—for around 300 000 households with
means-tested concession cards. This is a very significant and important measure
to assist vulnerable households, including low-income earners and pensioners.
The government has made it clear that it stands ready to provide further
support as required, and further options are currently under consideration.
This includes examining options in relation to the hardship utility grant