PIAC reveals social impact of electricity disconnections

Paid workers are as likely as pensioners and the unemployed to be disconnected from electricity or other utilities, new research released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has found.

Forty four per cent (44%) of households disconnected from electricity, gas or water in NSW last year reported their primary source of income as paid employment.

A further forty five per cent (45%) of households cut off from electricity or other utilities cited Centrelink payments as their primary income source.

PIAC’s research findings have been published in a report, Cut Off III: The Social Impact of Utility Disconnection.

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