Income Scheme Faces Criticism; Bishop Expresses Personal Concerns

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Byline: Austin King

Income Management Scheme

The model set to be introduced in Rockhampton will be similar to the one operating in Western Australia since 2008.

Some welfare recipients will have 70% of their income quarantined.

Will apply to parents referred by state child protection authorities and people assessed by Centrelink as avulnerablea to financial crisis.

Financial advocacy and counselling will also be available to people placed on the scheme.

It will ensure the 70% proportion of family assistance income can't be spent on excluded items like alcohol and tobacco.

The scheme comes into effect in Rockhampton on July 1.

ROCKHAMPTON'S Catholic Bishop Brian Heenan thinks there are better ways to support the city's most vulnerable people than the Federal Government's controversial income management scheme.

With the scheme set to be rolled out from July in Rockhampton a one of two centres in Queensland and five in Australia where it will be introduced a Bishop Heenan this week aired his concern the scheme would make life tougher for struggling families.

The government's compulsory scheme will see 70% of some welfare recipients' income quarantined to ensure money is available for essential living items.

This week the Queensland Greens put pressure on the State's Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis not to sign an agreement with the Federal Government for the scheme. …


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