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Pensioners welcome NSW Government’s energy bill relief package, but percentage-based rebate still needed

"CPSA welcomes the NSW Government's energy bill relief package, which will provide much needed emergency support for vulnerable households. With NSW energy bills set to reach record highs over the next year, the increase of the Low Income Household Rebate from $235 to $285 couldn't come soon enough. But CPSA is concerned that the NSW Government have not opted to introduce a percentage-based rebate, which is the only way to safeguard vulnerable households against skyrocketing bills." said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

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Surplus hits $12 Billion, but pensioners miss out on help with energy bills

"CPSA welcomes the NSW Government's ongoing support for pensioners, with the continuation of energy rebates to ease the cost of living. But with power prices set to skyrocket in the next year, many pensioners will be left out in the cold unless further assistance is delivered urgently. With a Budget surplus of $12 Billion and a looming energy crisis, this is a missed opportunity." said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

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Budget 2017-18: Some good news but pension age still 70

"CPSA welcomes the one-off Energy Assistance Payment, and the return of the Pension Concession Card to victims of the 2017 change to the age pension asset test, but the Government will not rest until Age Pension qualification age is increased to 70." said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

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IPART shambles: abolish Pensioner Council Rate Rebate

“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.

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Pensioners welcome concessions commitment

“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.

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