If you are a single person under 21 years of age and living independently on the Disability Support Pension you receive the princely sum of $266.30 each week. If you are over 21 and living independently this rises to $383.00*.
*These amounts exclude the Pension Supplement, a fortnightly payment additional to the base pension. The maximum rates of Pension Supplement for singles over 21 and for each member of a couple over 21 separated due to ill health is $62.90 a fortnight, and for couples both over 21 is $94.80 a fortnight combined.
These amounts include the Youth Disability Supplement, a fortnightly payment additional to the base pension for persons under 21. The maximum rate of Youth Disability Supplement is $118.20 a fortnight..
My math, never completely reliable suggests that a single person under 21 might therefore receive as much as $356.85c
Last night I thought I would treat myself. I also filled my car with fuel.
The receipt for the fuel shows an even $100.00, my experience is this will last me a week. The cars insurance is about $15 a week, it is regularly serviced and kept in good repair. It also needs regular replacement (I drive a lot of kms). I estimate the total cost of staying legal and on the road to be approximately $250pw a review of the NRMA website suggests I undervalue the cost – fortunately for me I drive a company vehicle.
DSP recipients do not receive a vehicle as part of their benefits, I am unsure how a pensioner can afford a vehicle, the sums don’t appear to work.
Next stop was Woolworth’s (what a great employer – go Woolies!). A small tub of ice cream, a reasonably priced bottle of wine, a small steak (yes, I know, I have a dodgy ticker, need to lose weight, no fatty foods, yadda yadda – I also grabbed some vegetables) and a couple of bits and pieces. Total $48.40.
If I was relying upon the pension I would now have less than $60 to pay my rent, electricity, gas, phone, repairs and maintenance, and the remaining 20 meals before I got the next pension payment!
Incidentally there were some folk hanging around the pasta isle waiting on replacement stock – a Woolies special on pasta (65c a bag – how do they do that?) was quickly snapped up.
25% of pension recipients live below the poverty line, truthfully, I have no idea how the remaining 75% get by – I could not.
Which is why nonsense like this burns me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm0PzGxCT8
Well done ABC and shame on you Today Tonight – maybe some airtime on how to make ends meet might be more valued and socially responsible – far too easy to swing at the poor and powerless – you forgot to mention that 80% of all pension payments end back in government hands through taxes etc...
My thanks to the person that shared the video with me
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