Easing the Cost of living for Housing Tasmania Tenants
Thu 17 May 2012
Minister for Human Services
The Tasmanian Government's commitment to tackling cost of living pressures for some of the State's most disadvantaged has been reflected in the 2012-13 State Budget, the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor said.
Ms O'Connor today announced two initiatives aimed at easing cost of living pressures on Housing Tasmania tenants - confirmation that Housing Tasmania will not charge tenants for their water and sewerage fees, and an additional $1 million for energy efficiency measures in public housing over the coming year.
"Families are being put under considerable strain due to the rising cost of living, and these are ways where we can make a difference by shielding tenants from an additional impost, and helping to stretch their energy dollar further," she said.
Ms O'Connor said the additional $1 million for energy efficiency measures in Housing Tasmania properties was on top of the $2.5 million a year for two years announced in the 2011-12 State Budget.
"Through programs like the 100 Energy Champions, we are working to help tenants cut their power usage and, in turn, their power bills," she said.
"Already through these programs, we're seeing encouraging results, and the $6 million spent over the next two years on further energy efficiency programs will build on this and help deliver further savings to our tenants."
Ms O'Connor said the decision not to pass on the cost of water and sewerage charges to tenants was another way to protect Tasmanians on low income from cost of living pressures.
"Housing Tasmania currently pays approximately $20 million in municipal charges per year, with $8.3 million of this related to water and sewerage charges," she said.
"At present, we believe it is best that we continue to foot the bill for Housing Tasmania tenants' water and sewerage to ensure they aren't placed under further financial strain."