'Robin Hood' our NSW Govt is not

OUR greedy, bankrupt NSW Government is at it again. This time slugging single and aged pensioners with plans to increase public housing rents.

These pensioners already do it tougher than most and this latest step is outrageous, even for this morally bankrupt government.

The rental rise of $7.50 a week will eat up a quarter of the Federal Government's $30 a week increase.

This is a move which flies in the face of a request by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to ensure the entire benefit is given to pensioners to spend on food and medicine - two things they have to cut back on to survive.

Federal Families Minister Jenny Macklin has come out fighting saying it is 'totally unacceptable'.

Ms Macklin told ABC Radio on Monday she wants the money in pensioners''purses and wallets', not gobbled up by rent.

The State Government has tried to gloss over this decision by announcing they would use the $12 million raised to build more public housing.

While this may sound like a good move it should not be up to single pensioners to fund it.

NSW Housing Minister David Borger told the Fairfax Radio Network it will equate to about 50 extra units being built over one year for pensioners. That makes for very expensive units - $240,000 per unit. You could build a four-bedroom house for that.

As this government has not lived up to most of its promises I won't be holding my breath to see these units built.

This is just another money grabbing exercise to try and pull itself out of its dark hole.



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