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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Recognition given to those who do care Mary-Lou Carter, of the Carers Alliance, with her son Nicholas. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP205649 THERE was good news for carers in Kevin Rudd's announcement last week. Those receiving the carer allowance will receive a one-off lump sum payment of $1000 for each eligible person they care for. Carers on the carers payment will receive a one-off lump sum of $1400 and couples will get $2100. Carers Alliance president Mary-Lou Carter, of Drummoyne, said the idea of a carers' payment had been discussed for a while. ''Given the stresses and pressures that were being brought about by much higher petrol prices, medical expenses and being able to put food on the table people on fixed incomes or not working were hit very very hard,'' Ms Carter said. ''The fact that it comes in a lump sum is very useful for carers, particularly (those) who live a hand to mouth to mouth existence.'' Usually, carers had to be in the ''meanest of circumstances'' to be entitled to such payments, she said. ''Hopefully it augurs well for the future because there's tax reform coming. ''I hope what carers face on a day-to-day basis is reflected in the process.'' Grant will help seal more deals PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd an- nounced his $10.4 billion economic rescue package last week. Among the beneficiaries are pensioners and carers who will receive a one-off lump sum, first- home buyers, and low and middle income families who'll collect an early ''Christmas bonus'' of $1000 per child. A local real estate agent has predicted that the increase to the First Home Buyers payment could cause house prices in the Inner West to stabilise and increase gradually. Peter Hernfield, sales manager at L.J.Hooker Burwood, described the increase to the payments as ''a double-edged sword''. ''It could cause the vendors to ask for higher prices or it could cause people to go ahead and make an offer on a property they are interested in buying,'' Mr Hernfield said. ''It will definitely create more interest in people wanting to buy and that is positive because it stimulates the economy.'' The economic rescue package includes an increase of the First Home Buyers payment to $14,000 for those buying an existing home and to $21,000 for those building their own home. With lower interest rates and changes to the Government grants, business has been stronger for Mr Hernfield in recent weeks. ''I think the increase is not just stimulating buyers at the lower end but also at the $650,000 or $750,000 rate,'' he said. ''I'm get- ting more offers and a lot more people through my open houses.''
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