“Such strikes by the federal government are sometimes a silver cloud with a gray lining. To what extent is the federal government intending to make use of this survey within the Seniors Card as a means to save cash?” wonders political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
OLDER folks should be recognised for his or her lifelong contribution. With minimal exceptions, older folks have made vital contributions to society by means of their work, elevating households and group contribution.
As a part of the method of reviewing the ACT Seniors Card, the federal government argues that it “is a part of an Australia-wide scheme which recognises the contribution of older folks to society and helps them to be energetic in the neighborhood”.
Surprisingly, the evaluation is happening mid-term with out an election in sight. It is a chance for senior Canberrans to have a say within the standing of the Seniors Card.
The Seniors Card is accessible to folks 60 years or over who’re everlasting residents and residing within the ACT and who are usually not in paid employment for greater than 20 hours per week. It ought not be confused with the federal authorities pension card.
There are almost 400 companies that present help for folks with the Seniors Card. The identical card facilitates financial savings on a variety of presidency items and companies together with registration and public transport.
Emma Davidson, ACT Minister for Veterans and Seniors, is behind the evaluation that will probably be performed independently. The evaluation features a survey of customers or companies that may be accomplished on-line or in individual at one in every of 4 libraries in Canberra. Participation is welcomed by means of till early February.
The federal government is in search of understanding round 4 areas. The primary is “the expertise utilizing the Seniors Card each day, together with for discounted transport and different authorities charges”. Second, the federal government seeks details about “what advantages the group obtain from the Seniors Card and issues that might be included sooner or later”.
Moreover, they’re making an attempt to grasp “methods wherein the Seniors Card may be extra accessible (equivalent to by means of digital wallets and different applied sciences)”. Lastly, there’s the same old catch all: “some other methods wherein the Seniors Card may be improved”.
Such strikes by the federal government are sometimes a silver cloud with a gray lining. To what extent is the federal government intending to make use of this survey as a means to save cash?
The “extra accessible (equivalent to by means of digital wallets and different applied sciences)” reasoning raises the query of eliminating the credit-style card and dealing with the entire course of electronically.
This can be a Seniors Card. Whereas many present seniors are actually adept inside the digital world, there are nonetheless many who are usually not so conversant in using the most recent applied sciences. Subsequently it’s essential that any transition to digital wallets and different digital programs must be gradual.
Encouraging extra companies to be concerned with the Seniors Card is a part of the purpose of the federal government as a part of this course of. Companies at present supporting the Seniors Card, or have supported it prior to now, are inspired to participate within the survey. Concepts that present each an incentive for enterprise and a profit for card holders will improve the usefulness of the cardboard.
Hopefully, much more companies will probably be a part of the system which “recognises the contribution of older folks to society and helps them to be energetic in the neighborhood”.
One of many objectives of the cardboard is to encourage older folks to get out of their properties and to construct higher connections. Connectedness is a key ingredient of guaranteeing more healthy folks. Nowhere is that this extra essential than in older folks.
Minister Davidson has additionally emphasised this facet in launching a program of small grants supporting veterans and their households. The main target is on older folks and our veterans in aiming for higher well being outcomes. She defined that “fostering the connection and social inclusion of our veterans and their households is so essential for his or her wellbeing”.
She defined that the concept of the grants is to offer a mixture of initiatives, which “are encouraging energetic participation in sports activities and recreation, constructive psychological well being and wellbeing, and creativity for veterans and their households”.
Expressing appreciation for the contribution that older folks have made by means of their working lives is absolutely essential. Making certain the simplest coverage across the Seniors Card is one essential means of attaining this.
Michael Moore is a former member of the ACT Legislative Meeting and an impartial minister for well being. He has been a political columnist with “CityNews” since 2006.
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