National Seniors has welcomed the ACT government’s move to protect seniors’ concessions in the Territory’s 2015/16 budget.
The ACT government announced it would make up the funding gap left by the Federal Government to ensure eligible concession card holders would continue to receive their concessions.
National Seniors ACT Policy Advisory Group spokesperson Judy McLeod said Tuesday's budget announcement was welcome news for ACT seniors.
“Seniors across the ACT will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing their concessions are safe,’’ she said.
McLeod said more than $16 million in health funding would also benefit ACT’s seniors.
“The health funding will be directed to help patients access palliative care in their home and funding to provide an extra 500 elective surgeries and additional 500 endoscopy cases,” she said.
“But seniors will face cost of living increases with general rates for households to increase by nine per cent, car registration to increase by six per cent and there will be an increase in the fire and emergency services levy.”
McLeod said the budget failed to offer any support for mature age employment initiatives and expressed concern over the lack of support for a study of more appropriate models for seniors’ housing.
Other concerns not addressed in the budget include the nurse to patient ratios for aged care facilities and difficulties in accessing general practitioners in a timely manner.