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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3059


Mr Lamb asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   How many pensioners are eligible for supplementary assistance.

(2)   How many of them claim that supplementary assistance.

(3)   What is the annual cost to the Government of providing this supplementary assistance.


Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The information is not available.

(2)   At the end of April 1973 the number of pensioners receiving supplementary assistance was as follows:

 

(3)   At the end of April 1973 the estimated annual liability for supplementary assistance was $40m.

Pensioners: Supplementary Assistance (Question No. 672)


Mr Lamb asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

(1)   How many pensioners are ineligible for supplementary assistance by virtue of their paying rates on their own property,

(2)   What would be the annual cost to the Government if supplementary assistance was extended to those pensioners who pay rates on their own properties.

(3)   Has the Government considered extending supplementary assistance to rate-paying pensioners (a) with a means test and (b) without a means test.


Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The number of pensioners who pay rates on their own property is not known. The number who own the homes in which they live, and consequently are ineligible for supplementary assistance, is estimated to be as follows:

 

For the purpose of these figures, a married pensioner couple are each treated as being a home owner where the home is wholly owned by one of the couple oris jointly owned.

(2)   If supplementary assistance was extended to pensioner home-owners on the same conditions as apply to pensioners who pay rent, it is estimated the additional cost would be $46m per annum.

(3)   An; extension of supplementary assistance to pensioners who pay rates will be a matter for consideration in the complete review being undertaken of social security policy, and procedures.

Flats for Aged People (Question No. 692)


Mr Bourchier asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

In view of increased building costs,is it proposed to increase the maximum subsidy for flats for aged people which is at present $5,200 per single unit and 66,000 per double unit


Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The subject of maximum subsidy for flats for aged people is at present under review, and I will be in a position to make an announcement on the matter shortly.







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