Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has welcomed the announcement that over 900 former part-pensioners in the Cowper electorate will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated from this week.
These former part-pensioners lost the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test, which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable.
“Those reforms provided increased pension for people with lower levels of assets, whilst some part-pensioners with high levels of assets lost access to their part-pensions,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“As a consequence, those with higher levels of assets also lost their PCC and could no longer access a range of state and local government and private sector benefits, such as discounted council rates and public transport.
“In reinstating the PCC, the Government is ensuring that these 90,000 former part-pensioners, including 983 in Cowper alone, will be able to access those benefits again in the future.”
The PCC will be automatically reinstated from this week commencing Monday, 9 October 2017 and it’s expected that all those eligible will have their card within the next fortnight.
“Those expecting a reissued card don’t need to do anything to receive it, it will be sent to them automatically.
“They will also retain the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which continued to be provided after the January 2017 pension changes. This means they will continue to be paid the energy supplement that they formerly received with their pension,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
For more information about reinstatement of the pensioner concession card, go to www.humanservices.gov.au.