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Pensioners facing hardship given more payment options


Georges River Council has expanded the options available to pensioners under its Debt Management and Hardship Policy in recognition of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community.

Mayor Kevin Greene said that changes to the policy include the option to pay their rates and annual charges on a monthly basis at no additional cost.

“Expanding the options available to pensioners is intended to take the pressure off those ratepayers who find themselves in financial difficulty,” said Mayor Greene.

“As well as the monthly instalment option, approved eligible pensioners can defer payment of their rates until the sale of their properties, without being charged additional interest.

“Council is doing what it can to reduce the financial burden on its ratepayers where possible.

“We are reassured by the fact that, to date, of the 200 hardship applications received, not one has been declined.

“These new options provide much greater flexibility and will ensure local pensioners are not left struggling to meet their rates payments,” added Mayor Greene.
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