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Former part-pensioners in Hunter will have their pensioner concession card reinstated from this week.

686 part-pensioners lost their card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said some part-pensioners with high levels of assets lost access to their part-pensions and their pensioner concession card which had afforded them a range of State, territory and local government benefits such as discounted council rates.

Senator Williams said the pensioner concession card will be automatically reinstated from this week and all eligible people should have them within a fortnight.

He said they will also retain the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card which continued to be provided after the January 2017 pension changes.


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