Deeming rates changes will benefit pensioners

This week the federal Labor government announced a reduction in pension deeming rates from March 20 this year.

This reduction will result in an increase in the number of retired persons eligible for a part pension and in the amount paid to pensioners with financial investments. 

Deeming rates are used to determine who is eligible for a pension and how much pensioners receive under means testing rules.

 The lower deeming rate will decrease from 3 per cent to 2.5 per cent for financial investments up to $45,400 for single pensioners or $75,600 for a couple. 

The upper deeming rate for balances over these limits will also decrease from 4.5 per cent to 4 per cent.

These reductions will benefit more than 28,700 pensioners in the Bendigo electorate by better reflecting the returns they receive from their financial investments, providing part-rate pensioners with an average pension increase of $6.80 per fortnight.

Labor’s historic pension reforms have already delivered increases of $172 per fortnight for singles and $182 per fortnight for couples due to its new indexation system, taking some of the financial pressure off pensioners.

Lisa Chesters,

Labor candidate for Bendigo