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Might "sweat equity" (or good ol' fashioned elbow grease) be the key to affordable homes? Not for everyone, but wow. theage.com.au/victoria/hip-h…
The Latrobe Valley is again steeling itself for a fight. They’re a resilient bunch, but they can’t do it on their own.
VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes.
A new VCOSS report, Making energy visible, explains how in-home display units can help people lower their energy costs, and assesses four models available in Victoria.
The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.
An update on the 2015 Hardship Inquiry In February 2015, the Victorian Government directed the Essential Services Commission (ESC), regulator of Victoria’s retail energy market, to conduct an inquiry into the financial hardship programs of energy retailers. The terms of reference noted the legislation governing the energy industry aims to ensure customers remain connected to supply wherever possible and disconnection should be a last resort. The inquiry was asked to investigate the design and delivery of hardship programs and the effectiveness of the regulatory regime driving them, and propose ways the programs and regulatory framework could be improved to drive better results.
Consumer Action released a report, Heat or Eat, in August this year, detailing the experience of six Victorians who have been disconnected from energy.
Low-income Victorian households need a hardship framework that ensures people are not unfairly disconnected from essential services, along with new energy efficiency programs that help people keep down the costs of powering their homes.