Date: May 28 2012
AUSTRALIA'S 3.2 million pensioners will find something extra in their bank accounts this week - $250 for singles and $380 for couples.
The so-called Clean Energy Advance represents three-quarters of the first year's compensation for the carbon price, with the rest to be paid in fortnightly instalments from March.
Launching the payment at a morning tea with pensioners yesterday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it would make them better off.
Treasury expected the extra costs imposed by the carbon price to average $3.90 a week for a single maximum-rate pensioner. The extra payment amounts to $6.50 a week.
Families on Family Tax Benefits should have received their bonus payments by now. Payments will also go out this week to Australians on disability support pensions, widows' payments, parenting payments, carers' payments and bereavement allowance.
From mid-June, payments will go into the accounts of Australians on Newstart, Abstudy, Austudy, parenting payments and seniors supplements.
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