Bittersweet Queensland Govt budget terms for seniors
OLDER people have welcomed the Queensland government's commitment to keeping concessions but are disappointed they were not indexed to the CPI, according to the consumer lobby group National Seniors Australia.
The State Budget reaffirmed the government's earlier commitment to guarantee full funding for pensioner concessions on electricity, water, gas and transport after the Commonwealth withdrew funds.
"Seniors will be breathing a sigh of relief but they were hoping the concessions will be keeping pace with inflation, instead of being eroded by rising living costs," said National Seniors' Queensland policy advisory group chair Vera Somerwil.
Ms Somerwil said there were some budget announcements that might deliver benefits for older people. These include:
- $2 million over four years towards rebuilding the Office for Seniors and establishing a One Stop Shop and the Advisory Taskforce for Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders;
- $20million over four years to community based organisations to provide long day social respite services to elderly people with dementia and other degenerative neurological disorders;
- $5.5 million per year over four years to fund a Financial Resilience program to support Queenslanders to respond better to financial stresses, personal issues and cost of living pressures;
- Review of elder abuse as part of the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce Response Team - $5.5m of new and $26m for internal reallocation;
- $240 million over four years to reinstate Skilling Queenslanders for Work.
Source: National Seniors Australia