10,546 people in Wentworth to receive a one-off payment to help with rising energy costs

June 19, 2017

Thousands of Wentworth constituents will be amongst the 3.8 million people across the country benefitting from a $75 one-off payment to assist with energy costs.

The Energy Assistance Payment will be provided to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single as well as Veterans and their partners who receive the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement and relevant compensation payments.

10,546 people in Wentworth will benefit from this measure including:

  • 7,465 recipients of the Age Pension

  • 2,143 recipients of the Disability Support Pension and

  • 279 recipients of Parenting Payment Single.

  • 659 recipients of veteran’s payments.

The one-off payment is $75 for singles and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple. It will be automatically paid to eligible recipients over the next two weeks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, welcomes this one-off payment as part of a sensible and reasonable package to secure significant reform through the Senate.

“In securing the passage of the company tax cuts, which help more than 3.2 million small and medium sized businesses employing 6.5 million people, invest more, employ extra staff and pay higher wages, the Government also committed to these one-off payments.”

The payment will not be taxed, will not be treated as income for tax purposes and does not count as income for social security purposes.

Further information is available at:  www.humanservices.gov.au/energyassist

In addition, about 421 part-pensions in Wentworth will have their Pensioner Concession Card reinstated.

Some former part-pensioners had lost access to some state/territory government, local government and private sector benefits without a Pensioner Concession Card as a result of reforms to the pension assets test which commenced at the start of this year.

“I’m delighted that these people will have their card reinstated and be able to continue to access the same benefits they previously had through the Pensioner Concession Card,” Mr Turnbull said.

The Pensioner Concession Card will be automatically provided to eligible former part-pensioners in October.

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