Coun­try con­ces­sions

Dubbo Photo News - - Weekender -

SPEAK­ING about coun­try dis­ad­van­tage, good news for the 600 for­mer pen­sion­ers in the vast Parkes fed­eral elec­torate who lost their Pen­sioner Con­ces­sion Card (PCC) at the start of the year – they got it back on Mon­day.

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

“Those re­forms pro­vided in­creased pen­sion for peo­ple with lower lev­els of as­sets, while some part-pen­sion­ers with high lev­els of as­sets lost ac­cess to their part-pen­sions,” Parkes MP Mark Coul­ton said, ex­plain­ing that the PCC will be au­to­mat­i­cally re­in­stated from this week (be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 9) and it’s ex­pected that all those el­i­gi­ble will 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,’ Mr Coul­ton 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,” he said. ■

Send your news tips to [email protected] or 0429 452 245 txt is best John Ryan is also an elected coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Regional Coun­cil.


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