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Western Australia Minister for Seniors and Volunteering Robyn McSweeney

State Budget 2010-11: Seniors Gain Support With Rise In Cost Of Living Rebate

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia Minister for Seniors and Volunteering Robyn McSweeney today announced the State Government’s continued support for seniors in 2010-11 with increases in the 2010 Cost of Living Rebate for Western Australia’s Seniors Card holders.

Additional support for seniors is a clear objective of the very strong foundations of this State Budget.

From July this year, an expected 245,000 WA Seniors Card holders will receive their rebate. Single card holders will receive $104.80 and couples, who both hold a card, will get $157.22.

“The State Government recognises the enormous contribution WA seniors have made, and continue to make, to their local communities.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

 

 

“The 2010-11 Budget allocates $26.8 Million to continue to deliver on the WA Seniors Card Cost of Living Rebate.  A further $2.5 Million is set aside to support the further take-up of the Seniors Safety and Security Rebate.”

“This Government has successfully introduced the Cost of Living Rebate, celebrated a year of free Metropolitan Transport for Seniors initiative, introduced a Country Age Pension Fuel Card and in 2009 introduced the new Seniors Safety and Security Rebate.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

The Minister said the 2008 election commitment to review the WA Seniors Card was completed and considered as part of the 2010-11 Budget process.

“Unfortunately due to the costs associated with implementing the review’s recommendations, the Government has had to delay the proposed changes but these will be considered as part of the 2010-11 mid-year review.” the Minister said.

“It is anticipated any cost impact arising from recommendations going forward will be allocated from both the 2011-2012 Budget and successive budgets.”

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