Winter energy payments ending: ‘I don’t know what I am going to do’

Debrin Foxcroft, Stuff, Sep 09 2020

Widowed pensioner Kathleen Chase has a serious heart condition and says the end of the winter energy payment on October 1 means she will struggle to keep her Housing New Zealand flat warm.

During winter, she has relied on the weekly winter energy payment to cover most of her power bill for her small Christchurch flat.

Chase said she worried about what the end of the $40 a week payment would mean as she battled on her single pension to make ends meet.

“I really struggle with power costs during the winter, even with the winter energy payment,” she said.

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