Concession win for pensioners

Member for Schubert, Stephan Knoll, is pleased the Labor Government has finally recognised the need for our older residents to continue to be supported financially and restore certainty to concessions after nearly 12 months of uncertainty.

“The efforts of concerned people in contacting MP’s, signing petitions and continuing to demand what is rightly due has made a difference,” Mr Knoll said.

“Recently, Shadow Minister for Local Government, Steven Griffiths, tabled a petition against the planned concession cut to council rates with 13,219 signatures.

“Within my electorate 900 people signed the petition. On top of this, hundreds of people have contacted my office regarding this issue.

“This demonstrated that people will not just accept a poor decision, they demanded the State Government take responsibility.

“I and the State Liberals have always believed in the need to support our pensions, and for this reason Leader Steven Marshall MP announced in January that we would block legislatively any effort by the Labor Government to stop the pension concession remission.

“These efforts, and the efforts of the community, have forced the Labor Government to continue a concession.

“The circumstances have now changed considerably, with a direct payment to the approximate 205,000 households instead of the previous system via council rates. Local government has accepted the change, but it will result in a significant increase in council rate bills for our pensions with the $190 remission no longer deducted.

“I commend the decision to extend eligibility, in recognition of the ever increasing cost of living pressures, but the change has also resulted in approximately 30,000 self-funded retiree households no longer receiving the $ 100 previously provided.”