Pressure for households to pay their utility bills is set to worsen as electricity and water prices are expected to increase in the State budget’s forward estimates.
This comes after the Labor Government’s recent utilities of 10.9%.
There is an 8.8% gap between what consumers are paying and the cost to the state in generating electricity to homes.
This gap is currently being subsidized by tax payers.
The opposition said the state needs to move forward into being cost-reflective, so people aren’t paying too much for utilities.
Liberal MP Dean Nalder also commented that the state’s water supply is over recovering, acting as a cash cow for the government.
“There are plans by the State Government to increase electricity by 7% in the next 12 months and water by 6%,” Mr Nalder said.
However, Premier Mark McGowan, insists that consumers are getting a fair price.
“It’s one of the important sources of income for the State, and whilst of course I’d like everyone to pay a lot less for water, without that money we can’t provide those services,” Mr McGowan said.