Giving Illawarra's seniors a fair go

Local seniors have today heard first-hand about the support the Gillard Labor Government is providing them through pension reforms and the Household Assistance Package.

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,
Jenny Macklin, and the Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones, today hosted a morning tea in Kanahooka to talk with local seniors about cost of living issues.

“Labor understands that older Australians have worked hard all their lives and deserve support and security in retirement,” Ms Macklin said.

“Our historic pension reforms in 2009 delivered the biggest ever increase to the pension and a fairer indexation system to make sure it kept pace with the cost of living.

“Three years after our reforms, pensioners have up to $4400 extra a year in their pocket to help them make ends meet.

“It’s been great to hear from locals today about how important this extra support has been for them.”

Mr Jones said the Government was also making sure that Illawarra’s 53,000 pensioners were covered for any price increases as a result of the carbon price.

“As part of our Household Assistance Package, pensioners have already received a lump sum payment of $250 for singles and $380 for couples, and we’ll deliver a permanent boost to their regular pension payment in March next year.

“In total, single pensioners will get an extra $338 a year and pensioner couples will get an extra $510 a year to help them make ends meet.” Ms Bird said the Gillard Government would keep delivering for local seniors.

“We’ve provided these increases because we know how tough it can be for local pensioners. We understand that when prices go up, the pension needs to go up too.

“We’ve delivered for pensioners in the Illawarra and we’ll keep working to make sure they get a fair go.

“In contrast, Tony Abbott has confirmed he will claw back payments this Government is making to local pensioners.”