Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Government Hammered over Single-Parent Pay Cuts

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Government Hammered over Single-Parent Pay Cuts

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HAMISH BROOME

GOVERNMENT cuts to welfare payments of single par- ents have been attacked as punitive and ineffective by welfare groups.

The changes are expected to have a greater than average impact on the Northern Rivers, with single parents representing 20% of family households compared with the national average of 16%.

Northern Rivers Social Development Council CEO Tony Davies said the measures were designed to get a aquick budget fillipa for the government which would ultimately punish children of parents looking for work.

aThe goal of a welfare system is to provide basic support for people so they can live a decent life. Children should have an equal opportunity regardless of the wealth of their family,a Mr Davies said.

aThese people are earning less than half the median income for our region, which is already well below the state average.a

The median weekly income for families in the Page electorate is $1763 (versus the NSW median of $2370), while single parents with one child will now receive around $396 a week, down from $455. …

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