Saw this post elsewhere and thought it may be of interest.
" mention of the carbon dioxide tax brings a shiver down the spine of every disabled person who is on a government package called EACH. Extended Aged Care at Home. These packages are funded so disabled people are cared for in their home by 24/7 underpaid, worn-out carers instead of having to be supplied with a nursing home bed.
The EACH package is paid for by recipients at the base rate of 17.5% of a single pension. Every time there is a pension increase, part of that increase is taken back by the government because the 17.5% amount changes with each increase in income. Services are capped by the government for EACH recipients and the administration fees and costs of the private providers of these packages comes out of the allocated benefit and what is left is used to fund individual services.
When the carbon dioxide tax comes in and disabled pensioners are given the huge compensation package which is $10.10 to cover the estimated $9.90 increase in the cost of living leaving a buffer of 20c. , that will put disability pensions up but once again some of this compensation will be lost due to the 17.5% rule. How is that 20c. looking now! The people who have the extra medical, dental and health costs will once again be screwed. Add onto this the large increases in wages for community workers, these packages will be costing more and more and the services will begin to be less and less under this government as administration and respite hourly costs will increase and it all adds to the stress these good people live with on a daily basis.
In May 2009 the EACH base fortnightly fee was $96.18 and in March 2012 it is $120.54, an increase of $24.36 p.f. over 3 years. With the carbon dioxide tax the daily rate of this package will once again rise and even though there are concessions for various utilities you can see where the most vulnerable in the community are heading but I’m sure Labor put a lot of thought into this one.
Despair is now a common feeling in this community."