It’s fear the disadvantaged and struggling Hunter families could be left in the cold, with the state government making cuts to energy assistance vouchers.

Electricity prices are expected to increase from this month and, combined with the 17.9 per cent price rise last year, residents can expect to pay an extra 600-dollars a year on average.

The opposition is proposing an extra 55 million dollars to increase the cap per family from 480 dollars to $640 per year.