Cuts in family and sole parent payments have been shown to significantly increased poverty among children in Australia.
After 80,000 sole parents were transferred to Newstart Allowance in 2013, reducing payments for a sole parent with school-age children by at least $60 a week, the rate of poverty among unemployed sole parents increased from 35 per cent in 2013 to 59 per cent two years later.
Since 2006, the cumulative effects of changes mean that single parents still on Parenting Payment Single with two young children have lost nearly $85 per fortnight, or about six per cent of their disposable incomes. For families with older children (those receiving Newstart), the loss is about $271 per fortnight, a cut in disposable income of nearly 19 per cent – an insurmountable blow to families barely making ends meet.
If these facts are unacceptable to you, there’s plenty you can do to change things.
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