Minister claims pension rise higher than $1.20 a week

MINISTER for Social Services Scott Morrison said pensioners were better off after the latest indexed increase.

Mr Morrison said pensioners were $66 a fortnight better off since the election.

"Once again the age pension is going up under the Coalition Government. The latest indexing of the age pension coming into effect (March 20) will give single age pensioners a $5.90 boost to their fortnightly payments," Mr Morrison said in a statement.

"(This) indexation of the pension occurred in line with the Consumer Price Index. If pensions had only been indexed to Male Total Average Weekly Earnings since the last election, then single age pensioners would currently be $22.40 worse off a fortnight and couples $33.60 worse off.

"The Coalition Government is pleased to deliver these increases to help pensioners keep up with the cost of living."

Rockhampton disability pensioner David Mills has argued the increases are an insult.



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