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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - The liberalisation of supplementary assistance announced by the

Treasurer during the presentation of the last Budget was intended to extend the benefit available to pensioners who were paying rent. The actual payment of supplementary assistance will go to all pensioners with assets below £200, and income up to 30s. per week. Some supplementary . assistance will be payable to pensioners with no income but assets of up to £980 who are paying rent.


Mr Cope - Single pensioners.


Mr SINCLAIR - Supplementary assistance is payable to single pensioners as distinct from married pensioners. The reason for distinguishing between one group of pensioners and any other is that single pensioners seem to have been more grievously affected by the burden of costs than any other. Any pensioner who is within those financial categories and who feels he may be entitled to the benefit should apply to the nearest office of the Department of Social Services.







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