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Rates rebate bill to be debated

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/05/2016

People living in retirement villages could be in line for rates rebates if a bill that's been drawn from the members ballot becomes law.

Labour MP Ruth Dyson drafted the Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill.

She says most residents can't currently claim a rebate because they pay them indirectly to the retirement village owner, and don't get billed separately.

"Some local authorities have recognised this problem and have changed their rating practices to bill retirement village residents directly," she said on Thursday.

"My bill would ensure that, regardless of the billing practice of the local authority, residents are recognised as paying rates and are therefore entitled to apply for a rebate."

Pensioners who have no other income other than national superannuation are eligible for rates rebates.

Ms Dyson's bill will go on parliament's order paper for a first reading.

To get any further than that it will need government support, or the backing of the government's support parties.

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