More than 30,000 pensioners in Page will receive a boost to their pension payments as part of the Rudd Government’s Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform announced in last week’s Budget.

The Government says these reforms will improve the adequacy of the pension system, make its operation simpler, and secure its sustainability into the future.

Age pensioners, along with people on disability support pensions, carers and veterans will all benefit.

From 20 September 2009, all single pensioners in Page on the full rate will receive an additional $32.49 a week.

Couple pensioners on the full rate will receive an additional $10.14 combined a week.

Around 6000 local carers will also receive a new, permanent $600 annual supplement to be paid to all Carer Payment and Carer Allowance recipients.

People who receive both Carer Payment and Carer Allowance will receive two supplement payments. This is on top of the pension increases being paid to people receiving Carer Payment. 

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the Rudd Government recognises that carers make significant sacrifices caring for the most vulnerable in our community and many are under significant financial pressure.

“Even in these tough economic times when many difficult decisions had to be made in the Budget, the Government has delivered for Australian pensioners and carers,” Ms Macklin said.

The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said that pensioners thoroughly deserve this extra support and it was great that even in the hardest of economic times the Rudd Government had delivered.

“These changes have been a long time coming but they deliver a stronger and fairer pension system that will serve pensioners and Australia well into the future,” Ms Saffin said.

“The reforms will improve the pension system, make it simpler, and more sustainable into the future as the population ages.”