Hugh McDine’s pension application was delayed six months. Picture: Evan Morgan
Hugh McDine’s pension application was delayed six months. Picture: Evan Morgan

'Barely living': Seniors threaten revolt over age pension

FRUSTRATED older Australians say they are "barely living" as they wait months to receive the age pension because the Human Services Department does not have enough staff to process a flood of applications.

The Morrison Government is facing a grey-haired revolt as seniors reveal they have been forced to cut back on groceries and living expenses because they banked on Centrelink ticking-off on their age pension on time.

Many have revealed horror Groundhog Day scenarios of Centrelink losing their paperwork requiring applicants to resubmit them, then after months of waiting, being told they needed to provide further proof of their finances.

The Department has admitted it has failed to properly plan for eligibility changes that were announced in 2009.

It has urged would-be aged pensioners to lodge their claim up to 13 weeks before they reach the age of eligibility of 65 years and six months, but it has not eased the backlog.

Read the full story at the Townsville Bulletin


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