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Wednesday 24 February 2016

A NSW Government-led fuel app allowing consumers to see in real time what petrol prices are in their area will help ease cost of living pressures for people on low incomes according to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS).

NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe said rises in the price of essentials such as food, rent and petrol make it harder for people on low incomes to make ends meet.

“This is a great initiative from the NSW Government that will have a real impact in terms of easing cost of living pressures”, she said.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen everyday expenses skyrocket, pushing more and more families closer to the breadline.

“Many people rely on their car to get to work, to get their kids to school, do food shopping and enjoy time out with their families – and until recently, petrol prices were going through the roof.  

“While there has been some easing over the past few months due to changes in the global price of oil, the cost of petrol at the pump is still not as low as it should be. 

“Having access to petrol prices in real time will empower motorists to make the best possible choice for their family and their budget.

“Better informing consumers will also help realise the benefits of fuel retailer competition and force stations to sell petrol at more reasonable prices.

“This might be the difference between having a decent family meal, paying the rent or affording the next energy bill.”