Pensioners to suffer rent rise
TWEED single aged pensioners living in public housing will soon face increased financial hardship with their rent set to rise by $7.50 per week.
Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has labelled the Kenneally State Government rent increase unfair and said single pensioners on the New South Wales side of the border are being discriminated against.
“Single pensioners on the other side of the border will not have to cop a similar rent increase,” Ms Provest said.
“Many pensioners in the area are suffering from financial hardship, even forgoing meals. This is really having a negative impact.”
Mr Provost said he will be raising the issue of the inflated rent costs at parliament this week and encouraged any single aged pensioners to contact his office with their concerns.
Tweed single pensioner advocate Terri Bradley said the increase will a negative impact on pensioner's quality of life.
“$7.50 a week may not seem like a lot but it all adds up, I don't know how I'll be able to cope with the price of everything going up,” Ms Bradley said.
“I don't drive to Brisbane anymore to see my grandchildren because I cannot afford it, it's heartbreaking.”
Ms Bradley runs a food giveaway for pensioners every Wednesday and said there has been a recent increased demand.
“There are more people each week and I cannot keep up with the demand,” Ms Bradley said.
“We need help to get a food storehouse going and we are looking for a space.”