Seymour’s former part-pensioners in the seat of McEwen have scored a win and 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.
Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell said that while those reforms had provided increased pensions for the people living with lower levels of assets, some part-pensioners with high levels of assets became ineligible for their part-pensions.
“As a consequence, those people who had 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 Mitchell said.
“In reinstating the PCC, we can ensure 90,000 former part-pensioners, including many in McEwen urray, will be able to access those benefits again in the future,” he said.
The PCC will be automatically reinstated, starting from Monday last week, and Mr Mitchell said it was anticipated all those who were 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 about your PCC rights go to humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/pensioner-concession-card-reinstatement