21,000 age pensioners to receive increase


Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks with age pensioners

More than 20,000 age pensioners in the Robertson electorate will receive an increase to their payments from September 20, the second rise this year.



Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks said single age pensioners would receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while age pensioner couples would receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. “This means total pension payments for people on the maximum rate will be $854.30 a fortnight for singles, and $1,288.00 a fortnight for couples,” Mrs Wicks said. “This is good news for the 20,965 age pensioners in our electorate of Robertson. “In addition, around one million allowance recipients will also benefit from increases to income support payments such as Newstart and Parenting Payment on September 20,” she said. Parenting Payment Single recipients will receive an extra $7.20 a fortnight to $732.30. Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance and Sickness Allowance will increase by $5.20 a fortnight for singles and $4.70 each for couples, including energy supplement. Ms Wicks said the increases would help pensioners keep up with rises in cost of living expenses. “Pensions will continue to increase in March and September every year under this Coalition Government,” she said. “The Government is pleased to deliver increases to those on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment and veterans’ income support. “This is on top of our election commitment to annually index the income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card to CPI,” she said.

Media release, 8 Sep 2014
Tim Sowden, office of
Lucy Wicks MP