The pensioner

THE single pension will rise by $32 a week for single pensioners and $10 a week for couples.

Coffs Harbour single pensioner Peter Rake says 'you can't look a gift horse in the mouth' although he says single pensioners are still 'behind the eight ball'.

“Because it's not available until September, it won't take much for supermarkets to give their prices a nudge,” Mr Rake said. “I think the pension rise had to come.”

Mr Rake raises concerns about costs of living, such as rent, being raised on pensioners once they get the extra money. Mr Rake says that pensioners are the group that spend all of their disposable income “so the Government gets some back in GST”.

“Thirty bucks is good,” Mr Rake said. “Under the economic pressures at the moment, it's really good,” Mr Rake added.



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