Pensioners to get allowance boost
PENSIONERS will soon receive a boost in their allowance.
Families Minister Jenny Macklin outlined the previously announced increase, which includes the Clean Energy Supplement to help offset the impact of the carbon tax, yesterday (Saturday).
Single pensioners on the maximum rate will receive an extra $35.80 per fortnight with couples getting an increase of $54 per fortnight.
The rise, starting on March 20, covers those receiving the Age Pension, Disability Pension, Carer Payment and veteran income support.
“We know how important it is to make sure that the pension does keep up with the cost of living,” says Ms Macklin.
“That’s why this government improved the way that we amend the pension twice a year, to make sure that it keeps up with pensioners’ cost of living.”