With State Government announcing nearly $300 in increased living costs, young West Australians are feeling the pinch.
For young people who are already struggling to cope with rising costs of living, the increase can’t come at a worst time.
An increase of $292.07 to cost of living (including water, gas, electricity, car rego and drivers’ licence) was announced in this year’s State Budget.
Louise Giolitteo, CEO of WA Council of Social Services, is concerned about this budget for low income earners and young people on Newstart allowance.
“Everybody, in every household, including young people have now been hit with further price hikes in utility costs,” She said.
This comes after huge price hikes last year of around $468, so all up young people have been slugged with a increase of $780.
WA Premier, Mark McGowan, said they tried to keep the costs as low as possible, and hopes they can be reduced in the future.
“The increase in charges are 4.8% across the board, it equates to around 80 cents for households a day,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“Whilst we think that’s too high and we will like to make it smaller, we’ve try to keep them as low as we can and we’ll expect in future years they will be lower.”
Increases of 4.8 per cent across the board will come into effect on July 1st.