Cost of Living & Power Prices Rise
1 August 2017
Today Salvation Army Officer, Major Paul Moulds, was featured in The Sydney Daily Telegraph, discussing how power prices are affecting those living on the margins. Major Moulds response was off the back of The Daily Telegraph revealing some startling figures last week about the effect power prices were having on Australians this winter, finding that 68,400 homes across New South Wales were at risk of being disconnected from electricity due to increasing power prices.
“It gets hard … we all wander round with blankets wrapped around us. My mum tried putting in a rule where there were only allowed to be two lights on, so if you turned on an extra one, another one had to go off,” 26-year-old James, from Sydney's Macquarie Park, told the Daily Telegraph.
Channel 10, Channel 7 and A Current Affair shared stories from those trying to make ends meet.
Local Salvos across the nation are seeing this trend in their communities. As power prices, bills and the cost of groceries rise, the reality is that people have to cut corners elsewhere. To compensate, people are often going without food, school items for their children, and warm water to wash their clothes.
We encourage anyone struggling to reach out to their local Salvos centre.
Our Financial Counselling service is also available to provide free and confidential support to those in financial difficulty, or those looking to avoid getting into financial trouble.
If you would like to help others who are struggling, you can make a gift here.