Surplus Hits $12 Billion, but Pensioners Miss Out on Help With Energy Bills

Article published 20 June 2017

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“CPSA welcomes the NSW Government’s ongoing support for pensioners, with the continuation of energy rebates to ease the cost of living. But with power prices set to skyrocket in the next year, many pensioners will be left out in the cold unless further assistance is delivered urgently. With a Budget surplus of $12 Billion and a looming energy crisis, this is a missed opportunity.” said Ellis Blaikie, CPSA Policy Coordinator.

“The Budget includes a major investment in rail infrastructure, but there’s no extra funding to fast-track accessibility upgrades for public transport stops and stations, which means many older people and people with disability will miss out on this investment.

“CPSA welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to health with a huge investment in hospital infrastructure particularly in regional areas. But it’s worrying that plans to outsource the redevelopment and management of Shellharbour, Bowral, Wyong, and Maitland hospitals are still on the table.

“Some good news for people waiting for public dental treatment, with $10 million earmarked to treat 17,000 patients. But with a waiting list of almost 80,000 people, this is just a drop in the ocean compared to what’s needed.

“Older people with mental health issues will receive more support to continue living in the community, with an extra $2.4 million for older persons community mental health services to be delivered through local health districts.

“CPSA welcomes the expansion of the Tech Savvy Seniors Program and the Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit.” Ms Blaikie said.

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