“IPART’s recommendation to replace the pensioner concession for the council rate rebate with a rate deferral scheme confirms its status as New South Wales’ premier blinkered bureaucracy - IPART just doesn’t get it”, said CPSA Policy Coordinator, Paul Versteege.
“Pensioners are pleased that the NSW Coalition have committed to funding pensioner and seniors concessions for another three years should they be re-elected,” said CPSA Manager, Research and Advocacy, Amelia Christie.
Pensioners stand to lose critical state and territory concessions and rebates from 1 July 2014 as part of the Australian Government’s budget cuts.
“People in insecure housing are going to lose out as a result of IPART’s decision to cap electricity early termination fees at a whopping $130,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.
“Pensioners are over-represented among home owners who have no building insurance, not because they are trying to dodge the current fire levy but because they simply cannot afford the premiums”, said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.