Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Pensioners in Survival Fight

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Pensioners in Survival Fight

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Byline: EMMA CHANNON

WARWICK resident Darilyn Lee struggles to pay rent for her two-bedroom unit, but says there aren't any one bedroom units in Warwick to move to.

The pensioner says increased costs of living haven't been offset by an increase to rent assistance in three years.

C[pounds sterling]My rent's gone up about $120 to $170 over the last three years, but rent assistance hasn't,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]It's very hard to find one-bedroom units anywhere. You see advertisements for retirement villas, but they all have two or three bedrooms.C[yen]

Miss Lee said it would help if she could sub-let a room to a trusted family member or friend, but said rental leases prevented her from doing so.

If another person could live under the same roof, she argued, it would help her feel safer. …

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