Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Coalition Government has delivered another increase to payment rates for pension and allowance recipients in Darwin and Palmerston.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said pension payments including Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment increased by $9.90 a fortnight to $926.20 for singles, and by $14.80 a fortnight to $1,396.20 for couples combined, from 20 March.
“Since we were first elected, the Age Pension has increased by $117.80 per fortnight for single pensioners and by $177.40 per fortnight for couples combined,” Senator Scullion said
CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said this would directly benefit 4,445 pensioners living in Darwin and Palmerston.
Individuals receiving Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance and Sickness Allowance will benefit from an increase of $5.50 a fortnight to $564.50, including Energy Supplement. Members of a couple will see an increase of $5.00 a fortnight to $509.60 each, including Energy Supplement.
The rate of Parenting Payment (Single) has increased by $7.60 to $788.10 a fortnight, including Pension Supplement and Energy Supplement.
“The Country Liberals understand the importance of these increases to help pensioners and allowance recipients keep up with the cost of living,” Mrs Ganley said.
“Rent Assistance rates also increased from 20 March, as well as a range of income and assets limits for pensions and allowances. This includes higher limits to the income and assets tests for age pensioners.”
“While the Coalition Government is protecting older Territorians, Labor and Bill Shorten want to steal their retirement incomes. Labor’s Retiree Tax would rip an average of $1,400 in income away from more than 1 million retirees across Australia, including pensioners,” Mrs Ganley said.
Full details of new rates and thresholds can be found on the Department of Social Services website at www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/benefits-payments.