My vision for Queensland’s future is for all members of the community to have access to the services they need in their immediate vicinity, particularly for vulnerable people who may not have the means to travel to another locality. Everyone deserves easy access to essential services close to their home.
Parliament resumes in two weeks, on Tuesday 30th August. One of the first bills it is likely to consider is the Government’s proposal to remove the energy supplement for new recipients of pensions, allowances, family and other payments. If passed, this measure will affect 2.2 million people and will remove the only real increase to Newstart in over 20 years.
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report. QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition: The cost of living and age pensioner households was released today as part of the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week, and draws attention to one of the biggest issues facing aging Queenslanders today.
Cassandra Woodhouse is the Service Coordinator at Collinsville Community Association Inc.
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