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The West Live: McGowan Government’s $600 power bill credit to boost WA’s lower income earners

West Australian households are set to receive a $600 credit towards their next power bill as part of the McGowan Government’s State Budget, to be released on Thursday.

The Western Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Louise Giolitto will join The West Live this morning to discuss what the move will mean for lower-income earners.

About 1.1 million households will receive the one-off credit from November 1 — just in time for the next power bill.

If the entire credit is not used on the next power bill, the remaining amount can be used on future bills — and it won’t be means tested.

Ms Giolitto will also discuss the winding back of JobSeeker and new eligibility criteria which demands that applicants apply for eight jobs a month.

Last month on the show, Ms Giolitto revealed WA’s community service sector was approaching “crisis point” due to COVID-19 with more than a million people already excluded from income support.

Podcast host Jenna Clarke will also be joined by RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Associate Professor Dr Aiden Warren to weigh in on US President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

He’s is expected to provide analysis on what Trump’s public recovery will mean for the rest of the campaign.

Sunrise Perth correspondent Matt Tinney will also bring us up to date on the latest news headlines.

After 9.15am, Perth Now editor Natalie Richards will be back on the podcast to share some quirky stories from across the State in her Wild West segment.


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