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Queensland Pensioners Receive Energy Rebates from Today

Tips for Keeping WarmVulnerable Queensland families and pensioners will have their cost of living pressures relieved from today with an increase in energy rebates announced by the State Government.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the State Government was increasing a range of energy rebates and concessions worth hundreds of dollars to help with electricity and gas bills. The state Government is allocating $164.6 million in 2014-15 for energy rebates and concessions – over $25 million more than last year.

Queensland pensioners and seniors will be able to apply for an electricity rebate of $320.97 a year – an increase of $38.43.

The reticulated natural gas rebate will increase by $2.03 to $67.61.

Ms Davis said the Queensland Government had also boosted concessions for Queenslanders living with serious medical conditions.

The Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme will increase by $38.43 to $320.97, while the Electricity Life Support Concession Scheme will rise as high as $653.70 per year for oxygen concentrators and $437.77 per year for kidney dialysis.

In addition, up to $720 a year in emergency payments will continue to be available for low income households under the $10 million Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme.

The state government is also maintaining the $120 annual subsidy under the South East Queensland Pensioner Water Subsidy Scheme.

Further information on these schemes is available at http://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/electricity-gas-rebates/

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