Older people want financial security but the retirement income system is complex and confusing; and pension rules are punitive.
What we're calling for
We are calling for a fairer system with simpler rules that help older people become more financially self-sufficient.
Reducing financial worry among older Australians, will help them feel more confident about the economy and the future.
National Seniors Australia campaigned to improve the Pension Loans Scheme (now called the Home Equity Access Scheme).
We were successful in lowering of the interest rate from 5.25% to 3.95%. A huge win for seniors who need a safe way to release their home equity to live a better retirement.
We recommend employment income be exempt from the income test for pensioners with limited savings or assets. Allowing pensioners to work will boost their retirement incomes and meet crippling labour force shortages.
A universal pension would give everyone a basic pension. It would eliminate means testing, doing away with deeming and taper rates, which complicate retirement planning of millions of retirees.
Priority 3: Improve the Pension Loans Scheme
National Seniors Australia is calling for improvements to the Pension Loans Scheme so retirees can use the equity in their home for a better income in retirement.
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Your gift today can help fix pension poverty, rebuild the retirement income system and provide more home care places so that older Australians can live safely and make ends meet.
National Seniors will be fighting to change the issues that affect you most in this review.
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