Safety and Security Rebate axed
What they promised
Increase funding over 4 years for the Safety and Security Rebate to $15 million over 4 years- 2013 State Election
What they say now
The Seniors Safety and Security Rebate will cease in 2014-15- 2015-16 State Budget
27 Aug 2013 - The Barnett Government committed to increasing the funding for safety and security rebate to $15 million over 4 years but have only delivered $1m in the 2013-14 Budget.
The commitment by the Barnett Government to increase the funding to $15 million over 4 years was to provide an additional $200 for seniors if they had been broken into after already after accessing the rebate and allow funding to be used to purchase personal security devices. (The Liberals’ Seniors Policy, p 4)
When the budget handed down only $1 million was allocated for 2013/14 and nothing in the next 3 years. (Budget Paper No 3, p 164)
Not only has the Barnett Government failed to fund the program they have also significantly changed the eligibility criteria.
From 1 January 2014, WA Seniors Card holders can only claim:
• Up to $200 for a Personal Safety Device
• Up to $200 to upgrade or replace security if you have received the previous security rebate and then experienced a break-in from 1 January 2014.
If you have not claimed to have your household security replaced or upgraded in the past you are no longer eligible to apply for anything other than a personal safety device.
Only those people who have already received a rebate to upgrade their home security can apply for a further rebate if they are broken into.
14/15 State Government Budget Update
The Budget papers reveal that nothing was spent in 2013/14 for this scheme but that $1m has been allocated for each year over the next 3 years well short of the $15m promised.
15/16 State Government Budget Update
The 15/16 budget revealed that the program has now been axed entirely. The program has ceased in the 14/15 financial year with the remaining money redirected to other programs.