“CPSA welcomes the announcement of the inquiry into the Newstart Allowance,” said Research and Policy Officer, Amelia Christie.
Comments by the NSW Ageing Minister, Andrew Constance, suggest pensioners in public housing need to brace for the clean energy supplement, aka carbon tax compo, being included in public housing rent calculations. Mr Constance and his Department Director General have said that the Government reserves its decision but as costs go up, rents will have to go up otherwise maintenance will suffer.
"CPSA is concerned with ill-advised recommendations made by the Grattan Institute, calling for a further rise to the pension age", said CPSA Policy/Research Officer, Amelia Christie.
“While there is a lot of good in this year’s Budget, people who rely on the dole miss out once again. The Supplementary Allowance announced only amounts to a mere $4 a week. CPSA calls for the gap between income support payments to be closed.”, said CPSA’s Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege.
“CPSA supports the findings in the Australian Council of Social Services’ study revealing that Australia’s most vulnerable citizens are missing out on essential goods and services,” said Amelia Christie, CPSA Research and Policy Officer.