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Centrelink – Services Australia

Are you still assessed as a homeowner if you sell your home?

Vikki has sold her home and plans to buy another. Is she still considered a homeowner?

Age Pension payment rates

Age Pension update: increases and changes from 20 September 2019

Changes to the Age Pension will come into effect on 20 September 2019 and today, we help you find out if you'll receive more money.

Age Pension payment rates

Age Pension, deeming rates not realistic: poll finds

The base rate of the Age Pension is not a liveable amount, deeming rates must reflect reality and too many older Australians are hell-bent on leaving an inheritance for the kids, say members.

Age Pension payment rates

Friday Flash Poll: Deeming rates and the Age Pension

Deeming rates have been cut – for the first time since 2015 – but are you happy?

Age Pension payment rates

Age Pension ‘generous’, says social services minister

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston says the Age Pension is ‘a generous amount of money that Australian taxpayers make available to our older Australians’.

Income and asset tests

Comment: Are deeming rates the ultimate retiree tax?

Deeming rate cuts don’t go far enough, writes Kaye Fallick, who argues for a lift in the base rate of the Age Pension.

News

More please say age pensioners

Pensioners say they are pleased but that increase is paltry and will make little difference.

Finance News

Don’t spend those deeming dollars just yet

There is consensus – from the Government, from the Opposition, from older Australians – that deeming rates need to change. But when?

Finance News

Comment: Retirees hurt by tax cuts

The Government is spending billions to refund tax to some who need it and many who don’t. But those with the least will receive nothing, writes Kaye Fallick.

Finance

Will Government finally act on deeming if cash rate cut?

Is the Reserve Bank about to deliver the first back-to-back interest rate cuts since 2012 and take cash rates to a record low of one per cent?

News

Poll delivers resounding verdict: Hands off family home

The Friday Flash Poll, Should the family home be part of the assets test?, drew a strong response from almost 2500 YourLifeChoices members – on many fronts.

Finance

How interest rate cut will affect retirees

The Reserve Bank is set to cut official interest rates, which is bad news for millions of retirees with an emergency stash in the bank.

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