NSW GOVERNMENT STATE BUDGET SECURES CONCESSIONS FOR
SENIORS IN TAMWORTH ELECTORATE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson stated he was pleased the NSW Government had protected concessions for seniors, and that pensioners and seniors will not bear the brunt of harsh cuts to concessions by the Federal Government.
Mr Anderson said that with 16,703 seniors over 60 in the Tamworth electorate, he understands the cost of living pressures they face and that as part of the NSW Government, he is determined to ensure they are not adversely affected by the Federal Government’s cuts.
“The NSW Government will contribute an additional $107 million in the State Budget towards concessions for 2014-15, which will go towards discounted public transport fares, cheaper energy and water bills, council rates and vehicle registration.
“A National Partnership agreement was axed without consultation in the Federal Budget, resulting in $450 million over 4 years being withdrawn for pensioner and senior concessions from July 1 this year.
“I can confirm today this year’s NSW Budget will not burden those on fixed incomes with an increase to the cost of living.
“We are not in the business of creating bill shock, where in just a few weeks time, people would have been left out of pocket.
”We will continue to fight Canberra’s cuts, are calling on Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey to reinstate this modest contribution which goes a long way to help our pensioners and seniors.
“The Government will maintain negotiations with the Commonwealth, to ensure fair concessions are secured well into the future,” Mr Anderson concluded.