September is shaping up to deliver record cost of living relief for pensioners as federal pension payments rise and savings are delivered through the NSW Budget.

The NSW Government has more than 70 discounts and rebates available through the Savings Finder program, with a range of them specifically designed to assist pensioners drive their pension dollar further.

Geoff Provest MP, Member for Tweed encouraged local pensioners to find out which discounts and rebate programs they can access.

“We know that pensioners are feeling the squeeze on their household budgets at the moment, which is why the NSW Government is offering a range of financial support to help drive their dollar further,” Mr Provest said

“More than 70 discounts for things like council rebates, free glasses and energy bill rebates, along with the discounts from the Seniors Card all go a long way to helping our pensioners.”

The Savings Finder tool via the Service NSW website makes it really easy to see what help is available.

Several ways NSW pensioners can save include:

  1. Council rate rebates: Pensioners are entitled to up to $250 a year off their council rates. But depending on where you live, you can get an even bigger discount.
  2. Electricity rebate: The Low Income Household Rebate will shave up to $285 a year off your electricity bill for households with a retail provider.
  3. Gas rebate: This rebate will give you a discount of up to $110 a year.
  1. Water rates: Eligible pensioners can access a quarterly rebate, shaving hundreds of dollars a year off a typical household bill.
  1. Regional seniors travel card: Eligible seniors living in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW can apply for a $250 prepaid card to help with the cost of travel.

If pensioners don’t have access to the website, they can make an appointment with a savings specialist at a Service NSW centre or they can call 13 77 88.