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Almost one million Victorian households to pocket $250 payment in state budget

About 950,000 Victorian households will receive a one-off $250 payment to help cover the cost of power bills.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced $797 million in the state’s 2020/21 budget will go towards delivering the “biggest household energy efficiency package in any state’s history”.

Concession cardholders, including anyone receiving JobSeeker, youth allowance or pension payments will be eligible for the direct bill relief.

Further details will be announced when the budget is delivered on Tuesday, November 24.

“Most Victorians have spent more time at home this year – and more on power bills – than they ever have. That’s why we’re helping those struggling to pay their bills and making homes across the state more energy efficient,” D’Ambrosio said in a statement.

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The package also includes $335 million to help low-income families replace old wood, electric or gas-fired heaters with energy-efficient systems.

A further $112 million will be spent on sealing windows and doors, and upgrade heating, cooling and hot water systems in 35,000 social housing properties.

High voltage electrical tower pylon in Melbourne. Credit: Getty Images

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