New policy to cut home rental costs for 40,000 Queenslanders

ABOUT 40,000 public housing tenants across Queensland will have their rent cut by between $5 and $10 a week under changes brought in by the State Government.

In a statement just issued, Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said the State Government's Fair Rent Policy would reverse changes made during Campbell Newman's term as Premier that increased the number of allowances and payments considered when determining rent for public housing tenants.

Mr de Brenni said the change would help people such as those with disabilities and carers.

"Across the state the new Fair Rent Policy will benefit around 40,000 public housing tenants with an average decrease of between $5 - $10 in their weekly rent," he said.

"While reductions are dependent on household circumstances, around 38,000 seniors receiving a Pension Supplement are likely to see a savings of $8 a week.

"People on mobility allowances will save an average of $11 a week and 7,000 carers will have around $7 a week back in their pockets."

Mr de Brenni said the change would also help people trying to improve their employment options through education.

"The previous government's heartless rent hikes meant that people receiving education or employment supplements were punished for their efforts," he said.

"This government isn't going to punish people who try to gain skills to get a job."

"Labor fundamentally believes in supporting people into the workforce.

"We want to tear down barriers to employment, not put up roadblocks."

Public housing tenants who have been affected by the change in assessments will be advised by letter of their amended rent amount after 5 December.

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