Queensland energy changes 'are a kick in the teeth'

Changes to the way the Queensland government charges households for electricity consumption have been labelled "a real kick in the teeth".

The authorities want to lower the cents-per-kilowatt rate by three cents and raise fixed charges from $95 to $287 a year.

Members of National Seniors Australia feel this would penalise older people and smaller households who use less power.

Retirees who live off the money in their savings accounts are already blighted by the high cost of living in Queensland and a recent global study conducted by Mercer found that Brisbane is the 24th most expensive place to reside on the planet.

"They are already feeling cost of living pressures and will have to cut back on their already tight budgets," commented National Seniors chief executive Michael O'Neill.

He feels households that use less electricity should be rewarded for their eco-conscious approach, but these new proposals from the state government are essentially punishing them.

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