W #Australia Low income households will need assistance under new water pricing v @AlisonXamon

Low income households will need assistance if new water pricing adopted

7 January 2013

Houses in low socio-economic areas, especially in the outer suburbs, will need financial assistance if the Government adopts the Economic Regulation Authority’s recommendations on water and wastewater pricing, Greens Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC has warned.

While generally welcoming the ERA recommendations the Greens have warned that people already struggling with the increased costs of Perth’s mining boom may find the changed water pricing structures to be an additional financial burden.

“The proposal from the ERA to abolish Gross Rental Value (GRV) as the basis for charging wastewater services and replacing it with a fixed wastewater service charge, has merit but it is likely to see a significant increase in costs for many households, including many in my electorate, whose homes have a low rental value,” Ms Xamon said.

“Take a large family living in a home in an outer suburb that has a low GRV – these will be amongst the 156,600 households that the ERA estimates will face a higher annual bill for water and wastewater if we adopt its recommendations to move to a fixed wastewater charge.

“The new charging structure, if adopted, will disproportionately impact on outer, lower socio-economic suburbs so it will be all the more important that we provide hardships grants to help those families keep up with the cost of living.

“These are the people who are not keeping up with increased cost of living associated with the mining boom, the Government must plan ahead to ensure they will be looked after before it adopts the ERA’s recommendations.”

Hon Alison Xamon MLC

Member for the East Metropolitan Region

Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051

Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931

Phone: (08) 9272 1718

Fax: (08) 9272 1719

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