READERS DISCUSS: $1.20 per week pension rise is chump change
9.35am: THERE has been a mixed reaction to David Mills' story over the 'chump change' pension increase on The Bulletin's Facebook page this morning.
Mr Mills spoke with The Bulletin yesterday about his $1.20 a week CPI rise in pension payments. Click here to read that story.
The Bulletin asked readers "Given the rising costs of electricity and other living necessities, how do you think a $1.20 a week rise would impact you?"
Here are some responses:
Barry Mcfly - Don't like it? go earn your own money!
Collette Cesar - Why do people judge other people without knowing their circumstances? It's a sad world when people have a narrow view of the world.
Marso-Leanne Van Nek - That is crap what is that going to pay for
6am: ROCKHAMPTON'S David Mills is less than impressed with what he says for him is a $1.20 a week CPI rise in pension payments.
The 51-year-old disabled pensioner wrote a letter of complaint to Capricornia MP Michelle Landry this week regarding the "rise" in his pension payment, claiming the additional $2.39 a fortnight was "nothing short of an insult".
Twice a year the change in pension payments is determined by the Consumer Price Index calculated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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The calculation is based on price changes in areas including food, housing, health, clothing and transport.
This March the indexation saw the maximum pension rates for single, illness, separated and respite care payments increase by $5.50 a fortnight.
Mr Mills said the current cost of living and recent fuel price increases did not reflect the CPI rise.
"It just seems really low. I thought the CPI rise would have been more than that, it's kind of upsetting," he said.
"With the budgets, everything seems to be tightening up... Fuel went up 20 cents in one week, the Australian dollar is three quarters of the American dollar, it's affecting prices and I don't see how we are supposed to survive off a $2 increase."
The ex-armed forces man said he was looking forward to a reply from Ms Landry (see below).
"I'd like to see how she responds. I would like her to look into how the CPI is calculated. I know they're going to say they helped us by 'taking away the carbon tax' but I don't care about that, I wasn't affected by that a great deal," he said.
Mr Mills said it was difficult to live off the payments he received.
"This is not living, it's existing. Every cost is budgeted. If I want to save up to do something, maybe attend a play, I would need to save for three months," he said.
"I know we're getting old but we've put some hard yards in... I'd like to be able to work and getting my old wage but I just can't."
What can you buyfor under $1.20?
Spiral pasta: $0.85
Two-minute noodles: $0.99
Sandwich bags: $0.98