Council Rate Rebate must reflect rate rises

IPART released the Local Government rate peg for 2013/14 today which will see the rates of NSW’s 152 local councils go up by 3.4 per cent.

“It’s time for the NSW Government to increase the Council Rate Rebate which has been fixed at the same amount for almost 20 years,” said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“Since the $250 rebate was introduced in 1993 it has lost nearly 60 per cent of its value in real terms.

“A key contributor to the Local Government Cost Index on which rate pegs are based is electricity. This is something hitting pensioners and others on low incomes and to have this also factored into their rates is an extra blow.

“CPSA is calling for the Council Rate Rebate to be set as a percentage of rates so that as rates increase pensioners will have a proportion of the increase covered,” said Ms Christie.

Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Senior Policy Advisor
0410 612 182

CPSA represents pensioners of all ages, superannuants and low-income retirees. CPSA has 139 Branches and Affiliated Organisations, with a combined membership of over 29,000 people.