Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Fairer public housing rent policy

30 November 2016 –

The Palaszczuk Government has restored fairness when it comes to calculating public housing rent and has replaced the unfair policy introduced under the Newman-Nicholls Government with the new Fair Rent policy to come into effect from 5 December 2016.

Seniors, people with a disability, carers, and people in training or study are among around 40,000 Queenslanders in public housing how will benefit from rental reductions of between $5 and $10 per week.

While reductions are dependent on household circumstances, around 38,000 seniors receiving a Pension Supplement are likely to see a saving of $8 per week.

People on mobility allowances will save an average of $11 per week and 7,000 carers will receive rent reductions of $7 per week.

The new policy will also support people who are trying to gain skills for the workforce.

Public housing tenants who have been affected by the change will be advised by letter of their amended rent after 5 December.

For more information call 13 74 68 or visit http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au