Con­ces­sion card re­turn

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram’s for­mer part­pen­sion­ers in the Mur­ray elec­torate will have their pen­sioner con­ces­sion card (PCC) re­in­stated from this week.

Th­ese for­mer part-pen­sion­ers be­came in­el­i­gi­ble for the PCC in Jan­uary as a con­se­quence of re­forms to the pen­sion as­sets test, de­signed to make the pen­sion sys­tem more af­ford­able and sus­tain­able for the fu­ture.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum said those re­forms pro­vided in­creased pen­sions for peo­ple with lower levels of as­sets, while some part-pen­sion­ers with high levels of as­sets be­came in­el­i­gi­ble for their part-pen­sions.

‘‘As a con­se­quence, those with higher levels of as­sets also lost their PCC and could no longer ac­cess a range of state and lo­cal govern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor ben­e­fits,’’ Mr Drum said.

‘‘In re­in­stat­ing the PCC, the Fed­eral Govern­ment was en­sur­ing 90 000 for­mer part-pen­sion­ers, in­clud­ing 857 in Mur­ray, will be able to ac­cess those ben­e­fits again in the fu­ture,’’ he said.

The PCC will be au­to­mat­i­cally re­in­stated from this week, start­ing from Monday, and Mr Drum said it was ex­pected all those el­i­gi­ble would have their card within the next fort­night.

‘‘Those ex­pect­ing a reis­sued card don’t need to do any­thing to re­ceive it, it will be sent to them au­to­mat­i­cally,’’ he said.

‘‘They will also re­tain the Com­mon­wealth Se­niors Health Card, which con­tin­ued to be pro­vided af­ter the Jan­uary 2017 pen­sion changes. This means they will con­tinue to be paid the en­ergy sup­ple­ment that they for­merly re­ceived with their pen­sion.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to: hu­manser­vices.gov.au/in­di­vid­u­als/ news/pen­sioner-con­ces­sion-cardre­in­state­ment

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