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Pensioner Concessions

New cost of living concession: A win for pensioners

On 14 May 2015, the State Government announced a new 'Cost of Living Concession' to replace the concessions formerly available, on Council rates, to pensioners, low-income earners and self-funded retirees holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

By changing regulations (in the Government Gazette of 14 May) the State Government has now formally abolished these concessions (of up to $190 for pensioners, and $100 for self-funded retirees) on Council rates.   The abolition takes effect from 1 July 2015.

However, this abolition was made with a promise to introduce, in law, a new 'Cost of Living Concession' of up to $200 annually for a wider range of recipients.  

Details of the new Concession are available here:   http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/images/news_releases/2015/15_05May/newcostoflivingconcession.pdf

See also:  "A Win for Pensioners" - LGA Media release 14 May 2015


 

 Why are we talking about Pensioner Concessions?

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On 14 May 2014 the Australian Government announced its decision to cut the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concession Card and Senior Card Holders (NPA).  This Federal Agreement provided approximately $27.7 million in funding for the 2013-14 financial year to cover all concessions to part pensioners within South Australia. It ended on 30 June 2014. The State Government maintained Council Rate Concessions paid under the South Australian Rates and Land Tax Remission Act 1986 for 2014-15.  

However, it also announced it would stop concessions on Council rates at 30 June 2015, and formally did so on 14 May 2015.

The relationship between these two decisions was the subject of much comment by State and Federal politicians over 2014-15.

We have provided key facts below for those interested.

The concession was $190 for pensioners and concession card holders and $100 for self-funded retirees. We estimate that 160,000 South Australians, or one in 10 were due to be affected by the proposed cuts.  So if it did not affect you, then it might well have affected your parents, grandparents or other relatives.

The LGA and SA Councils decided that our first task was to make people aware of the implications of these decisions and our opposition to negative changes to the concessions.  Councils were not, and are not in a position to pick up a similar range of concessions themselves. To do so would have created significant inequity between Councils with high numbers of pensioners and those with low numbers as remaining ratepayers would have had to contribute more rates to fund them.

As a result, most Councils in early 2015 decided to let ratepayers know of the impending impact by inserting a flyer or letter into rates notices being sent at that time of year, or via websites, media etc.

Facts

FACT 1

On 14 May 2014 the Australian Government announced its decision to cut the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concession Card and Senior Card Holders (NPA).  This Federal Agreement provided approximately $27.7 million in funding for the 2013/14 financial year to cover all concessions to part pensioners within South Australia. It ended on 30 June 2014.[1] 

FACT 2

The State Government maintained Council Rate Concessions paid under the South Australian Rates and Land Tax Remission Act 1986 during 2014-15.  However it has also announced it will stop concessions on rates at 30 June 2015.[2]

FACT 3

From 1 July 2015, the State Government has chosen to cut Council rate concessions ($32.4 million). This will mean that Local Government concession recipients will suffer the $27.7 million NPA Commonwealth funding cut. In addition to passing on this cut in full, the State Government will also save approximately an additional $5 million.

FACT 4

Other States have addressed the removal of the NPA in a number of ways, some have continued to provide the funding that would have come through the agreement or adjusted other concessions so as to preserve the contribution towards rates. Notably, the NSW and WA State Governments have not yet announced their position for the 2015-16 year.

FACT 5

If the Commonwealth and State government continue to point the finger at each and take no responsibility for these cuts, in excess of 150,000 concession recipients in South Australia will receive a direct cost increase of up to $190 later this year on their Council rates, on top of any other rates movement.



[1] Commonwealth Budget Measures: Budget Paper No. 2: 2014-15, Part 2, Social Services (see appendix)

[2] South Australia Budget Paper 3, Chapter 2, 2014-15, page 26 (see appendix)

 

Appendix

Extract from Commonwealth Budget Measures: Budget Paper No. 2: 2014-15, Part 2, Social Services:

The Government will achieve savings of $1.3 billion over four years by terminating the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioners Concession Card and Seniors Card Holders, from 1 July 2014. This Agreement contributes to state and territory government provision of certain concessions for pensioners and seniors.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Extract from the Parliament of Australia website:

http://www.aph.gov.au/about_parliament/parliamentary_departments/parliamentary_library/pubs/rp/budgetreview201415/pensioners

Terminating funding for concessions

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioner Concession Card and Seniors Card Holders, the Commonwealth provides financial assistance to the states and territories for the provision of these concessions to PCC holders.[6] The most recent Agreement commenced in January 2013 and is set to expire on 30 June 2016. The Commonwealth intends to terminate this agreement from 1 July 2014, and will no longer provide financial assistance to the states and territories for the provision of concessions, providing savings of $1.3 billion over four years.[7]

The states and territories are yet to issue a response to this measure but it is likely that, without this financial assistance, many concessions currently available will be withdrawn or reduced. Any changes will raise the cost of living for pensioners and retirees, particularly in terms of energy bills and transport costs.

 

South Australia Budget Paper 3, Chapter 2, 2014-15, page 26:

http://servicesa.cdn.on.net/budget201415/docs/budgetp3-201415.pdf

Concessions for Pensioner Concession Card and Seniors Card Holders the government will cease providing concessions on local government rates from 1 July 2015 saving $32.4 million per annum (indexed) from 2015 16 in response to the Commonwealth Government s decision to abolish the national partnership.


 

Council Resolutions

On 4 December 2014, the LGA asked each Council to consider the following proposed resolution:

That the Council:

1.       Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
2.       Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
3.       Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

What has my Council decided?

City of Adelaide
27 January 2015

That Council:

  1. Notes the request from the LGA President that Adelaide City Council adopt a resolution to join the LGA’s campaign for reinstatement of Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Notes that Parts 3, 4 and 5 herein reflect the LGA’s suggested resolutions.
  3. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  4. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  5. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice (in April 2015) alerting ratepayers to the ‘Bill Shock’ from the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Adelaide Hills Council
16 December 2014

That Council resolves:

  1. That the report be received and noted;
  2. To participate in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. To insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice (and send to ratepayers who have paid their 2014/15 annual rates in full) alerting ratepayers to the potential impact of removal of pensioner and self-funded retiree concessions on the distribution of Adelaide Hills Council rates. The flyer to also outline the avenues for ratepayers to express their concern. The Mayor and CEO be delegated to approve the flyer in consultation with Council Members; and
  4. To consult with the community on the issue of pensioner and self-funded retiree concessions as part of the 2015/16 annual business plan and budget consultation.
  5. To place a notice in the local newspapers and on Council’s website alerting ratepayers to the flyer.

Alexandrina Council
15 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Association of S.A.'s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the 'Bill Shock' of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

The Barossa Council
15 December 2014

That Council agrees, in-principle, subject to final format of the relevant campaign documentation which the Chief Executive Officer is authorised to approve for release after consulting with the Mayor:

  1. That it will not supplement the withdrawal of Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. To participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of pensioner concessions; and
  3. To insert information in the next quarterly Council rates notice or general mail out alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on Council rates.

District Council of Barunga West
9 December 2014

That the Council

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;          
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Berri Barmera Council
16 December 2014

That the Council

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;          
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Burnside
10 February 2015

  1. That the Report be received.
  2. That Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  3. That Council supports the campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions and to send the flyer in Attachment D (with the removal of paragraph 3 of the flyer) in this Report to all ratepayers receiving pensioner concessions, alerting them to the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Campbelltown City Council
20 January 2015

That Council:

  1. will not fund the withdrawn State Government funding for rate concessions
  2. advises all ratepayers in a letter as detailed in the Council Agenda on Page 78, with the deletion of the first sentence in the second paragraph, along with minor alterations made by Staff, currently receiving concessions of the withdrawal in funding and encourage them to contact their local Member of Parliament to express their concern with the withdrawal of this funding
  3. supports the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions where appropriate.

District Council of Ceduna
17 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Cannot afford to replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Charles Sturt
8 December 2014

  1. That Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  2. That Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates as detailed in Appendix B.

27 January 2015

The Charles Sturt Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council
16 March 2015

That Council:

  1. Not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for the pensioner concessions.
  2. Inform all ratepayers of the cessation of pensioner concession funding from 1 July 2015 and the impact on eligible pensioners.
  3. Seek feedback from ratepayers about options that the Council could consider in responding to the State Government’s decision to abolish the pensioner concession rebate on Council rates.
  4. Write to local State and Federal Members of Parliament seeking support for the reinstatement of funding for the pensioner concession rebate on Council rates.
  5. That Council write to Premier Hon Jay Weatherill and Member for Frome Hon Geoff Brock expressing Council’s strong disapproval on the spending of $1.1m of taxpayer funds on a politically motivated advertising campaign on pensioner concessions cuts.

District Council of Cleve
9 December 2014

  1. Council not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions; and
  2. Council agrees to support the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the pensioner concessions on Council rates.

District Council of Coober Pedy
16 December 2014

  1. That Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. That Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. That Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Coorong District Council
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers of the present level funding provided for these concessions by the Federal and State Government, which will in turn show the ‘Bill Shock’ of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.
  4. Requests that the Chief Executive Officer write to the Local Government Association, advising Council’s stance on the above situation.

District Council of the Copper Coast
11 February 2015

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Elliston
20 January 2015

That Council:

  1. Postpone any decision to fund the withdrawn funding for pensioner concessions until budget deliberations;
  2. Agree to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of concessions;
  3. Insert a flyer with the next quarter rate notice.

Flinders Ranges Council
17 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Franklin Harbour
10 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions, and;
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next Quarterly Council rate notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates

Town of Gawler
16 December 2014

That:-

  1. Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Council agrees to participate in the Local Governments Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.
  4. The letter from the SA Premier tabled at the meeting be added to the minutes (Attachment 2).

Regional Council of Goyder
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Grant
19 January 2015

That Council advise the Local Government Association that Council:-

  1. Is unable to replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. Agrees to insert an approved flyer in the next Quarterly Council rate notice circulation alerting ratepayers to the issue and the impact of the removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Holdfast Bay
9 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner and other concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner and other concessions on rates.

Kangaroo Island Council
9 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. That this matter be considered at a workshop to discuss the implications of the withdrawal of Federal and State Government Funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGAs campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the 'Bill Shock' of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray
13 January 2015

That Council

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Kimba
14 January 2015

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Kingston District Council
19 December 2014

  1. That Kingston District Council agree to not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. That Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. That Council write to all current concession holders and the Kingston Retirement Village alerting ratepayers to the impending removal of the Pensioner Concession on rates and the impact on concession recipients

Light Regional Council
27 January 2015

That the Council:

  1. will continue to directly lobby Federal and State Governments to emphasis their responsibilities towards funding a pensioner concession rebate scheme as Council does not have the financial means to fund this scheme;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the possibility of a "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates (if necessary).

District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
16 December 2014

That:

  1. Council writes to Local Federal Members of Parliament, Senators and relevant Ministers seeking the reinstatement of the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions for Pensioner Concession Card and Senior Card Holders;
  2. Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  3. Council Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  4. Council agrees to write directly to all ratepayers alerting them to the ‘Bill Shock’ of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Loxton Waikerie
15 December 2015

That council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Will participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. Will insert a flyer in the next quarterly council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Mallala
15 December 2014

That the Council having considered Item 14.2 Abolition of State Government Rate  Concessions:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Marion
9 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concession.
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates. 

Mid Murray Council
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.”

City of Mitcham
9 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next Council rates notice following the Davenport by-election alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Mount Barker
15 December 2014

That Council:

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Mount Gambier
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  2. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of pensioner concessions on rates; and
  3. is in support of the LGA Boards position not to support Council's funding pensioner or self-funded retire concessions, previously provided by and now withdrawn by the South Australian Government, at this time.

District Council of Mount Remarkable
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. Support in principle, not to replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Associations SA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer with the next quarterly Council rates notices and Council’s newsletter, alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Rural City of Murray Bridge
8 December 2014

  1. That item number 230.1 on Council agenda of 8 December 2014 be received.
  2. That Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  3. That Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  4. That Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates

Naracoorte Lucindale Council
9 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Northern Areas Council
16 December 2014

That Council:

  1. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  2. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Norwood, Payneham & St. Peters
19 January 2015

  1. That the Council agrees to participate in the Local Government Association of South Australia’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the Pensioner Concessions as previously funded by the Federal and State Governments.
  2. That the Council resolves to not replace Pensioner Concessions which were previously funded by the Federal and State Governments.
  3. That the Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next Quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the impact of removing the Pensioner Concessions on rates.

City of Onkaparinga
9 December 2014

1.  That Council notes the Local Government Association’s proposed approach in response to the withdrawal of Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions and its position that the funding should not be met by Local Government.

2.  That Council agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the withdrawn concessions.

3.  That Council agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates, similar to that presented at attachment 1 to the agenda report.

3a.  that the wording on the flyer alerting ratepayers of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions be altered to reflect that the State Government funds concessions to full pensioners and the Commonwealth only funds concessions for part pensioners. The State Government has announced it will stop all rates concessions from 1 July 2015.

4.  That Council will continue to monitor progress of the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the withdrawn concessions, the outcomes of which will inform financial planning and budgetary deliberations for 2015-16.

5.  A report to be presented to Council at the March meeting detailing further options for engaging all residents of the City of Onkaparinga on possible consequences of the loss of:

  • Pensioner rebate concessions and
  • the transfer of Housing SA properties to Community housing

20 January 2015

  1. That Council approve the proposed advocacy approach in relation to the withdrawal of Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. That Council note an advocacy progress report in relation to the withdrawal of Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions will be presented to Council in March 2015.
  3. That Council’s policy position is that it will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.

District Council of Orroroo/Carrieton
9 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Peterborough
15 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Playford
27 January 2015

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Port Adelaide Enfield
9 December 2014

  1. That the Acting Director Corporate Services' report titled "Pensioner Concessions" be received and noted;
  2. That Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  3. That Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  4. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting residential ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Port Augusta City Council
23 February 2015

That Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. Undertakes a review of Council’s Pensioner Concession Policy as part of the deliberations for the 2015/2016 Budget.

City of Port Lincoln
15 December 2015

That Council:

  1. Will not raise general rates to compensate ratepayers who are affected by the withdrawn Commonwealth and State Government funding for pensioner concessions, and
  2. Supports the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions and informs the Port Lincoln community of its position through its normal communication channels

Port Pirie Regional Council
28 January 2015

  1. That Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. That Council agrees to participate in the Local Government Association campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions.
  3. That Council agrees to generate ratepayer awareness to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Prospect
16 December 2014

  1. Council will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Council will participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to see reinstatement of the pensioner concessions.
  3. Council will insert a flyer in the next quarterly rates notice alerting ratepayers to the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.
  4. Council will write a letter to all currently registered ratepayers in receipt of concession for 2014/2015 who have already paid their rates in full, alerting those ratepayers to the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Renmark Paringa
16 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Robe
25 November 2014

That the District Council of Robe having considered Report No 11.1.2 “Removal of Pensioner Concessions Rebate on Council Rates” notes the report and further considers the impact of these changes in the preparation of the 2015-2016 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

10 February 2015

That the Council note the facts relating to the removal of the concessions on Council rates and correspond with all recipients of concessions advising them of the facts of the matter.

Municipal Council of Roxby Downs
16 February 2015

That I, William J. Boehm, as Administrator of the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, on 16 February 2015, pursuant to provisions of the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 hereby resolve in relation to Pensioner Concessions for Rates that Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Salisbury
15 December 2014

The Council:

  1. Expresses its dismay at the Federal Governments budget cuts and opposes the State Governments decision to abolish concessions on Council rates for pensioners.
  2. Consider funding for pensioner concessions as part of the 2015/16 budget process
  3. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  4. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Southern Mallee District Council
10 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and,
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Streaky Bay
18 December 2014

That Council, having considered Report No 11.14, Pensioner Concessions dated 18 December 2014,

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates

Tatiara District Council
20 January 2014

That Council:

  1. Agrees with the LGA Board’s position not to support Councils funding pensioner or self-funded retire rate concessions, previously provided by and now withdrawn by the South Australian Government.
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the rate concessions; and
  3. Agrees to a flyer alerting all ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of the loss of pensioner concessions on rates as soon as possible. 

City of Tea Tree Gully
27 January 2015

1.  That Council receives and notes the report entitled Pensioner Concessions and dated 27 January 2015.

2.  That Council notes the following (as supported by clauses 3 and 4 below):

  • We recognise the currently fluid situation with respect to this concession's potential future funding by other levels of government;
  • We recognise the potential impact from any Council initiative on Council’s total budget; and
  • That the 2015-16 Annual Business Plan and Budget should proceed so as to be developed by Council as far as practicably within the normal timeframes.

3.  That Council defers consideration of the funding of pensioner concessions for Council rates until the first Council meeting in July 2015.

4.  That Council does not participate in the Local Government Association campaign and defers consideration of a flyer insert into a rates notice concerning rates concessions (at an estimated cost of $3,000) until the first Council meeting of July 2015.

District Council of Tumby Bay
10 March 2015

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to distribute notices alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates on all appropriate opportunities

City of Unley
23 February 2015

  1. Council does not intend to subsidise the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions for rates.
  2. Council agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the Government funded concessions, and
  3. Council agrees to insert an appropriate flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice, and direct mail residents who pay rates annually, alerting ratepayers to the financial impact of the removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Victor Harbor
15 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the LGA's campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to develop a community awareness campaign alerting ratepayers to the "Bill Shock" of the impact of removal of pension concessions on rates.

Wakefield Regional Council
17 December 2014

That:

  1. In principal Council support not to replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions as a basis of the 2015/16 budget and Long Term Financial Plan;
  2. Support the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notice outlining the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates

Town of Walkerville
15 December 2014

That the Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Associations (LGA’s) campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer (Attachment B) in the next quarterly Council rates notice alerting ratepayers to the financial impact, on them of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Wattle Range Council
16 December 2014

That Council:-

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. write to Federal and State Ministers to object to these cuts in funding and to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  4. write to all affected ratepayers informing them of the proposed cut to concessions on Council rates.

City of West Torrens
20 January 2015

That Council:

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rate notice alerting ratepayers to the “bill shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

City of Whyalla
15 December 2014

That Council:

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rate notice alerting ratepayers to the “bill shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

Wudinna District Council
16 December 2014

Council:

  1. Will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. Agrees to participate in the Local Government Association’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions; and
  3. Agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notices alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

District Council of Yankalilla
16 December 2014

Resolved that Council, having considered report No 16.5 Abolition of the State Government Rate Concession dated 16 December 2014, resolve to support and cooperate in a state-wide campaign and for the LGA to lobby the State Treasurer and relevant Minister to reinstate the pensioner concession on council rates. That Council resolves to:

  1. Not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions.
  2. Agree to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concession
  3. Agree to insert a flyer in the quarterly rate notice alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of the pensioner concessions on rates.

Yorke Peninsula Council
10 December 2014

That Council:

  1. will not replace the withdrawn Federal and State Government funding for pensioner concessions;
  2. agrees to participate in the LGA’s campaign to seek reinstatement of the concessions;
  3. agrees to insert a flyer in the next quarterly Council rates notices alerting ratepayers to the “Bill Shock” of the impact of removal of pensioner concessions on rates.

 

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