Pensioners call for fire levy safety net

“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.

“If a property based levy is introduced people on low incomes will lose out in two ways – they will still be unable to afford to insure their homes and they will be unable to afford an additional tax.

“People on low, fixed incomes, such as pensions and Newstart, are often unable to afford basic goods and services and without a significant overhaul to payment rates are going to be unable to buffer themselves against an additional tax.

“CPSA calls for a fire levy safety net for those genuinely unable to afford the new tax. Fire and emergency services are essential for the safety of all NSW citizens and like ambulance services that are free for pensioners, those deemed unable to pay should not be placed in financial hardship by the introduction of a property based fire levy,” 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.