BUDGET REALITY – NAPTHINE’S BUDGET TAKES AXE TO AGED CARE

Posted on 07. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine’s Budget cuts $75 million from aged care, despite Victoria’s ageing population.

Under Denis Napthine, there will be fewer aged care options for thousands of senior Victorians and tougher decisions for their families.

Denis Napthine is aleady privatising aged care facilities, now he’s cutting more money out of the system.

The funding cut will affect home and community care, which helps the elderly and those living with a disability.

Tony Abbott’s Federal Budget is also widely tipped to cut the aged pension and increase its qualifying age.

Pensioners in Victoria are also struggling with increases in utility bills but Denis Napthine has cut gas and electricity concessions for pensioners

Other costs imposed on pensioners include increases to motor vehicle registration, increased public transport fares, the new Fire Services Property Levy and increases to public housing rents.

Quotes attributable to Ms Mikakos:

“Cutting funds, privatising facilities, reducing the aged pension – Liberals put our seniors last.”

“No one in this state is safe from Denis Napthine’s cuts.”

“Our seniors have worked hard all their lives, but under Denis Napthine, they’re on their own.”

Key Facts

• Denis Napthine has cut $75 million from public aged care and embarked on a campaign to sell off public nursing homes. $25 million will be cut from aged care in 2014/15 with a further $50 million cut in 2015/16.
• Home and Community Care (HACC) keeps people living in their own home by offering a range of basic support services such as domestic help, garden maintenance and shopping assistance.
• Cutting HACC will force families to rely on more costly forms of care such as hostels and high care nursing homes, well before it is needed.

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