Shoalhaven News

Pensioners struggling to pay Council rates will continue to get a break

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Shoalhaven City Council will be amending its Pensioner Rates and Charges Policy opting to instead provide an additional $10 rebate to all eligible pensioners to support the removal of the interest-free period.

A strong emphasis will be placed on the hardship policy which all ratepayers are eligible to apply for.

Councillor Mitchell Pakes says all he wanted was an assurance our pensioners would be looked after.

"I just don't like the idea of going to a committee and assessing whether we think you're eligible or not, it was a policy we did offer, I'd be able to support the motion and I'm happy to withdraw my foreshadow if I can get some reassurance that at least if our pensioners are going to come and ask for help, we will offer that help, not go to a committee and think about it", Councillor Pakes said.

Mayor Amanda Findley said “Council will continue to support eligible pensioners in their payments of rates to Council. 

“We understand that pensioners need additional support and that those in hardship should not be further disadvantaged."

“Council has in place a hardship policy and anyone who needs to access this support will continue to be able to seek this assistance, directly from Council.”

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