Country Aged Pension Fuel Card not indexed in 2013/14

What they promised

Index the popular Country Age Pension Fuel Card to CPI, taking the total value of the card to $103million over the next four years [and] will annually index the Card to CPI

- The Liberals Seniors Policy

What they say now

Your fuel card may be used immediately and allows you to purchase up to $500 of fuel and/or taxi travel from participating providers up until the expiry date of 30th June 2014.

- Department of Transport and Department of Regional Development and Lands correspondence to eligible persons.

31 Jul 2013 - The Liberal and National parties made a commitment to index the Country Age Pension Fuel Card by CPI to ensure that the real value of the card was not eroded by the effects of inflation.

The Barnett Government has sent pensioners their new fuel card for the 2013-14 financial year. Despite promising to increase the amount on the card by CPI they have kept it at $500. The real value of the card has decreased as a result of their failure to keep this promise. 

During the State election all political parties made a commitment to index the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card. The card was introduced in 2009 to assist pensioners to meet the additional costs of travel in regional WA. The value of the card is currently $500 and has not been increased since its introduction.

The commitment by the Barnett Government was contained in ‘The Liberals Senior Policy’ at page 6.   

"Index the popular Country Age Pension Fuel Card to CPI, taking the total value of the card to $103 million over the next four years"

"The Liberals have recognised that the value of the card over time must be protected and if re-elected, will annually index the entitlement to ensure that its real value will be retained."

On the 4 July 2013 existing recipients of the card received a letter from the Department of Transport containing their new fuel card for the 2013-14 financial year. 

Contrary to the policy announced in the election the rate of the card was kept and $500 and was not indexed.  

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