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. ■
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