Self-funded retirees miss out on rebate

NATIONAL Seniors Australia is calling on the New South Wales Government to extend the current energy rebate to NSW holders of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).

New South Wales is home to approximately 110,000 CSHC holders who are not entitled to the $130-a-year rebate on gas and electricity charges.

National Seniors NSW Policy Group chair Dr John McFarlane wrote to Energy Minister John Robertson today calling on the NSW Government to make a commitment to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.

National Seniors senior policy adviser Paul Versteege said CSHC holders were particularly concerned with electricity prices expected to soar.

“While the NSW Energy Rebate is available to all pensioner concession cardholders, an important group of retirees, who are eligible for Federal assistance in the form of the Seniors Supplement to meet household utility costs, do not receive this rebate,” Mr Versteege said.

“Holders of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), many of whom live on modest fixed incomes and miss out on the age pension by a very small margin, continue to do it tough as a result of the fall-out from the global financial crisis.”



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