| June 26, 2017
One-off payment for Murray pensioners
Pensioners across the Murray electorate are amongst 3.8 million people nationally to benefit from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs.
Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP said the Energy Assistance Payment will be paid to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single, as well as Veterans and their partners who receive the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and relevant compensation payments.
35,813 people across the electorate will benefit from this measure, the breakdown of these recipients are:
• 24,367 Age Pensioners
• 7,464 Disability Support Pension recipients.
• 2,293 Parenting Payment Single recipients.
• 1,689 Veteran’s payments recipients.
The one-off payment is $75 for singles and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple. It will be automatically paid to eligible recipients over the next two weeks.
“This payment will not be taxed, will not be treated as income for tax purposes and does not count as income for social security purposes,” Mr Drum said.
Part-pensioners who no longer receive the Part-Pension due to the recent changes will get their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated; this will be automatically processed in October this year.
“The Pensioner Concession Card allows people to access a range of benefits from state government, local government and private businesses. The reinstatement of this card will support in their day-to-day living costs,” Mr Drum said.