High power bills shock hits regional areas hardest

THE high cost of living is continuing to hit Ipswich households hard - and the shock of skyrocketing power bills is hurting the hip pocket for many residents.

A new report has revealed many families are struggling to cover power costs and in many cases skipping paying their electricity bills altogether.

Nearly one in three Australians missed an electricity bill payment in the past 12 months, while more than one in 10 had missed more than three payments.

The survey showed more than half of respondents had switched providers in the past year, with the nasty surprise of an unexpected large bill being a factor in prompting a quarter of those to make the change.

It also found families living in regional areas were finding it tougher to cover their electricity bills than residents of capital cities.

People in regional areas were almost twice as likely as those living in metropolitan areas to report being unable to find the cash to pay their electricity bills.

It's a grim situation that could eventually leave many battling Ipswich residents in the dark and put further pressure on charity organisations across the region.



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