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Needs of Gilmore seniors recognised with new payments.

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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore

1 October 2004

Needs of Gilmore seniors recognised with new payments

"The message from our pensioners, veterans and self-funded retirees in Gilmore has been heard about the need for some more assistance," said Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash.

If re-elected, the Coalition will introduce a new utilities supplement to Australians of Age Pension age who receive income support - including veterans.

From March next year, there will be a supplement of $100 per year for singles, and $50 each per year for couples. It will be paid twice a year.

"For some time I have been discussing with our local Association of Self-funded Retirees, the NSW Government's refusal to extend concessions on car registration, rates, energy, water and sewerage.

"So that self funded retirees do not miss out, they will receive a new payment of $200 a year, paid twice a year from December 2004.

"We are also concerned for carers and here in Gilmore there are at least 3,250 carers that are making it possible for many older people to remain as independent as possible in their own homes.

"More residential respite, high-care residential respite and extra overnight respite in community homes will also improve support for carers.

"Having Ministers come here to Gilmore and hear from the very people that these policies will benefit is one of the most important things I have been able to do as a local member. It's fantastic that the government takes our people seriously and responds," said Mrs Gash.