“CPSA is alarmed at the prospect that the Carbon Tax compensation may be eaten up by public housing rent increases” said Amelia Christie, CPSA Research and Policy Officer.“Pension supplements are quarantined from public and community housing rent calculations, that is, they are unable to be used as justification for rent increases. Centrelink pension and allowance payments for income support are assessable but payments made for a specific purpose, such as the Clean Energy Supplement, are not.
“How the New South Wales Government can be against the Carbon Tax and then remove the compensation aimed at reducing its impact on Australia’s most vulnerable simply does not make any sense”.
“Those living in public housing are already struggling enough and need the clean energy compensation to be able to keep up with rising living costs.
“CPSA calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to not including the Clean Energy Supplement and advance in public housing rental calculations”, said Ms Christie.
Media Contact: Amelia Christie, Research and Policy
Mobile: 0410 612 182