Pensioners petition for Council Rate Rebate rise

To coincide with the Premier’s Christmas Gala Concerts for NSW seniors, CPSA is launching a petition calling for the Council Rate Rebate to be increased and indexed.

The $250 Council Rate Rebate that assists pensioners to pay their council rates has not increased since it was introduced in 1993. Since this time it has lost nearly 60 per cent of its value in real terms.

“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.

“Council rates are going through the roof and for pensioners and others on low fixed incomes they are becoming increasingly unaffordable, threatening people’s housing.

“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.

Copies of the petition can be found here and should be posted to CPSA at Level 9, 28 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. Alternatively, call CPSA Head Office on 1800 451 488 and the petition can be sent out.

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.