Funds boost to ease cost of living

HOUSEHOLDS that are receiving the JobSeeker payment will receive a one-off $500 boost from the State Government to help ease the cost of living pressures.

For eligible homeowners, the 2020/21 Cost of Living Concession payment of $215.10 will now become $715.10 and eligible tenants will receive $607.60.

The payment is expected to help up to 11,000 South Australians, with Social Services Minister Michelle Lensink urging people to check their eligibility.

“More than 180,000 South Australians currently receive the annual Cost of Living Concession but we believe there are thousands potentially missing out,” she said.

“The additional $500 payment is an extra incentive for people to inquire as to their eligibility for the concession.”

JobSeeker Payment recipients who are already ConcessionsSA customers will be paid by April 2020.

New customers will be fast tracked to receive their payment and boost – which will be paid directly into bank accounts – as soon as possible.

Cost of Living Concession households which do not receive JobSeeker, will receive their 2020/21 payment of $215.10 in August 2020 for homeowners and March 2021 for tenants $107.60 as usual.

Ms Lensink also urged people to visit the ConcessionsSA website or call the hotline to learn whether they might be eligible for the payment.

“Those eligible include pensioners, low-income households and people receiving payments from Centrelink,” she said.

Applications for Cost of Living Concession can be made through the ConcessionsSA website or by calling the Concessions SA Hotline on 1800 307 758.

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