Labor’s energy plan will cut relief for nearly half of all Western Sydney households

22 March 2023

Almost half the households in Western Sydney will have their $250 electricity rebates cut under a Chris Minns Labor government, according to analysis of new data from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS).

Chris Minns last week announced that any households not receiving specific forms of Commonwealth income support – or almost 1.5 million households statewide – will be ineligible for $250 in energy bill relief under a Labor Government.

This would leave almost half the families in Western Sydney high and dry, with analysis of the DSS data estimating around 46 per cent of households in the area do not receive Family Tax Benefit or other forms of Commonwealth income support used to determine eligibility for NSW energy rebates.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy Matt Kean said Labor’s energy cuts are a kick in the guts for Western Sydney families at a time they can least afford it.

“Families right across Western Sydney are struggling with the rising cost of living and with pressure on their electricity bills driven by Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,” Mr Kean said.

“That’s why the Coalition’s plan is to provide $250 off the energy bills of each and every household in our state, as long as they go online to shop around for a better energy deal – a simple exercise that could save them hundreds of dollars more.”

“Come election day, families should remember that Chris Minns’ big energy policy is to cut bill relief and pour the funding into a government energy bureaucracy that, by his own admission, won’t deliver any savings for seven years.

“Chris Minns’ own constituents will be among the hardest hit by Labor’s cuts, with an estimated 57 per cent of Bayside households among those with their rebates on Labor’s chopping block.

Households in Western Sydney LGAs that won’t be eligible for any bill relief under Labor

 

Western Sydney LGA

Percentage of households cut

Number of households cut

Blacktown

49%

59,434

Blue Mountains

50%

15,325

Burwood

61%

8,566

Camden

63%

23,493

Campbelltown

39%

22,350

Canterbury-Bankstown

35%

41,201

Cumberland

39%

28,305

Fairfield

11%

6,915

Hawkesbury

52%

12,022

Liverpool

34%

23,785

Parramatta

62%

57,037

Penrith

48%

35,406

Strathfield

67%

10,491

The Hills

67%

39,819

Wollondilly

50%

8,648

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