National Seniors has partnered with the Benevolent Society to fight for a fair go for people on the pension.
It simply doesn’t provide enough for older Australians.
More than half a million people rely on the pension as their sole source of income.
We know that people in this situation are struggling. The cost of essentials, such as health, housing, transport and energy have increased far quicker than non-essentials.
Older renters are particularly hard hit.
More than a quarter of a million pensioners don’t own their own home.
On average, a pensioner receives only a third of what is needed to pay the rent.
Single older women are also more likely to be living in poverty.
They often have less savings and superannuation because they were out of the paid workforce looking after children and family.
As part of the campaign, we’ve been visiting branches with the Benevolent Society and lobbying parliamentarians.
Over time we will take further actions to raise awareness about the campaign.
If fixing pension poverty is important to you, sign up to the campaign to get regular updates.
You can also help by becoming a National Seniors member.