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InDaily : May 22, 2013
wed.22.may.2013 Adelaide’s daily independent news © Solstice Media 2013 home news/views nation /world business sport ispy property Advertising partners Sponsored by Advertising enquiries Click here Editorial enquiries Click here Letters/comments Click here IN TODAY THE State Government is cranking up the amount it charges local councils for energy and maintenance of street lighting on arterial roads. The Government has told councils it can no longer carry increased energy costs and will need to pass the charges onto councils. It says the increased energy costs are “impacting” its ability to maintain service levels for street lights, traffic signals and other electrical infrastructure. Indaily understands the increases total more than $800,000 per year, with the amounts varying from council to council. READ MORE Govt slugs councils as it struggles with energy charges Adelaide weather Showers MAX 16 MIN 10 Today Tomorrow Shower or two MAX 17 MIN 10 5 DAY FORECAST MORE WEATHER Liam Mannix THE State Government will run free public clinics to teach people how to deal with increasing electricity prices. Under the utilities literacy program, which went out to tender this month, the Government will also give financial counsellors training in dealing with power companies, in an acknowledgement of the impact increasing utilities prices are having on vulnerable consumers. A peak welfare group says it’s an acknowledgement from the Government that budget cuts to charities providing financial counselling were misguided. The State Government put the $1 million utilities literacy program out to tender this month. The program was announced in last year’s budget. The program’s tender documents acknowledge increased utility bills are pushing many to financial crisis. “ The community services sector has seen increase in demand for emergency assistance and financial counselling services recently and this program intends to respond to these increases by identifying clients at an earlier stage of intervention or even prevention, therefore... READ MORE Power price stress: free clinics for the vulnerable Today’s wine deal CLICK HERE stage&screen British drama Broken: “like Brookside on crack”. Plus, indie drama A Place for Me, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Wastelander Panda. VIEW PAGE David Washington The Government is slugging councils more for street lighting because it can’t cope with higher electricity charges. stage&screen
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