The 2016 Census shows that in the electoral division of Mayo, those who were 65 or older constituted 22.3% of the population (compared with a 15.8% average for Australia).
Many older people in Mount Barker are struggling on low incomes, and neighbours in Strathalbyn are experiencing wellbeing in the bottom 20% of the country, according to the Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians (http://bit.ly/2EK6noj).
No matter where you live in Australia the Age Pension is inadequate and those who rely on it are often just scraping by on the poverty line or worse.
With a high proportion of older residents in the region, Mount Barker has been identified as being important to fixing pension poverty nationally. We're working with local individuals and community groups to build a local Fix Pension Poverty campaign.
Sign up online now and add your voice to our Fix Pension Poverty campaign.
A Federal Election is due to be held sometime in the next twelve months. We're calling on political parties and candidates to commit to:
- Increasing Rent Assistance for people on the Age Pension who are struggling to afford private rents
- Addressing out of pocket health costs by providing access to free dental care for people receiving the Age Pension
- Keeping people on the Age Pension connected to communications as more essential services are transferred online and the National Broadband Network increases costs
- Setting the rate of the Age Pension independently and based on evidence, rather than the politicking of the day