Cobram’s former part-pensioners in the Murray electorate will have their pensioner concession card (PCC) reinstated from this week.
These former part-pensioners became ineligible for the PCC in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test, designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said those reforms provided increased pensions for people with lower levels of assets, while some part-pensioners with high levels of assets became ineligible for their part-pensions.
‘‘As a consequence, those with higher levels of assets also lost their PCC and could no longer access a range of state and local government and private sector benefits,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘In reinstating the PCC, the Federal Government was ensuring 90000 former part-pensioners, including 857 in Murray, will be able to access those benefits again in the future,’’ he said.
The PCC will be automatically reinstated from this week, starting from Monday, and Mr Drum said it was expected all those eligible would have their card within the next fortnight.
‘‘Those expecting a reissued card don’t need to do anything to receive it, it will be sent to them automatically,’’ he said.
‘‘They will also retain the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which continued to be provided after the January 2017 pension changes. This means they will continue to be paid the energy supplement that they formerly received with their pension.’’
●For more information, go to: humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/pensioner-concession-card-reinstatement