News

Impact of cuts to parenting payment being felt in Tweed

Parents struggle to make ends meet after parenting payment is cut.
Parents struggle to make ends meet after parenting payment is cut. spwidoff

TWEED parents on Centrelink payments face financial hardship due to welfare cuts announced in the 2012-2013 Federal Budget.

In a move that Richmond MP Justine Elliot claims is designed to "assist parents to get back into work," some parents will lose up to $100 a week from their benefits.

"I don't know how I will manage," said one Banora Point mother who works part-time to support her daughter.

"I will need to find more work and there is a shortage.

"It's a Catch 22 situation.

"If I get more work, I'll need to pay for after school care.

"Centrelink has told me nothing about the cuts.

"I heard it on the news."

Mrs Elliot said the change means single parents with a child turning eight this year and couples with a child who is turning six (school age) will now be under the same rules as parents who began receiving parenting payment after July 2006.

"The change addresses an inequity created by the Howard government that has resulted in single parents in the same situation receiving differential income support," Mrs Elliot said.

"Our focus as a government has always been on jobs because the best thing you can do for any unemployed Australian is to get them into work."

The impact of the changes is so great that Tweed Heads Family centre will employ a new staff member to deal with affected parents.

Executive director of the centre David Boutkan said the federal government would provide funding to help them.

"We don't yet know what the impact will be," he told My Daily News.

"But we are interested in seeing what eventuates."

Mr Boutkan said the centre was in a politically sensitive position and could not criticise the move while accepting funding from the government.

The funding will provide support services to families and address the challenges presented by changes to the Parenting Payment, according to Mr Boutkan.

"The project will pay particular attention to providing key coordination of services to meet parent needs in adapting to the changes," he said.

"Tweed Shire human service agencies will meet this week to discuss the possible impact of parenting payment changes on families in our region.

"The aim of the meeting will be to develop a coordinated approach to assist them to access appropriate services."

Topics:  justine elliot, welfare cuts



Snapper grom aiming high

TALENTED: Snapper surfrider Pacha Light is representing Australia at next month's World ISA junior titles at the Azore Islands in Portugal.

Surf Scene: Pacha Light on her way to the worlds

Students sleeping rough for homeless

SCU Gold Coast chaplain Kate Morris, Masters of Social Work student Angie Walker and YHAF CEO John Lee.

Students sleeping rough for a cause

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep