Expert Opinion Panel
Jason Bryce – Business & Finance Specialist
Parenting Payment & Newstart Income-Management Poll
Have your say on welfare income management
Vote now on the Healthy Welfare card plan &
we will pass on your views to the government – loud and clear
By Jason Bryce | 05 April 2015
Your chance to have your say
on the new income management card
Our recent articles about Centrelink’s plans for income management have struck a nerve with single mums across Australia and gone completely viral.
The stories, New Centrelink Eftpos card to replace Basics Card (26/3/15) and Single parent anger over Centrelink income management (31/3/15) have been read and shared by hundreds of thousands of parents.
Many people are very concerned about the prospect of having their Centrelink payments “income managed” according to the thousands of comments received, both here on our website and on our Facebook Page
But many readers support the idea of income management for Centrelink payments. Some of the people leaving comments in support of income management are on income management now, and they are in favour of it.
Some of the people who are commenting against the Healthy Welfare income management plan are being income managed now – but don’t like the crackdown on cash in the new plan.
The new Healthy Welfare income management plan could see cash all but banned for people receiving Parenting payment or Newstart.
Almost one million people now participate in some sort of income management through Centrelink. Most of these people use Centrelink’s popular bill paying service “Centrepay” while many others are on the Basics Card program. The Basics Card limits cash withdrawals to about 50 per cent of the person’s total income. In some Cape York communities, cash availability can be limited to just 10 per cent of the person’s income, if they volunteer for the program.
Many believe that income management is good for people who put their hand up and say ‘I need help’, but not so good for people who are managing on their own.
We want to know what you think about income management. When the results are in, we’ll pass on the message to the government – loud and clear.
So have your say now on the following Poll – what do really think about the Healthy Welfare income management plan?
Business & Finance Journalist
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Jason is a business and finance journalist with 20 years experience, and is also a member of the SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel. He has a regular weekly column in the Sunday Mail (Brisbane) and writes regularly for the Business Daily section of the Herald Sun in Melbourne and many other newspapers and magazines.
Jason’s personal website is www.centrelinknews.com.au
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