Uniting Care Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds has called today for the Australian Government to focus on delivering effective support for disadvantaged and vulnerable families.
Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia have joined forces to call on the new government to develop a 10 year national plan to overcome poverty and disadvantage.
UnitingCare Australia will present evidence tomorrow at the Senate Inquiry into the draft legislation that will enable compulsory income management of several social security payments. UnitingCare Australia will ask if spending around $4,400 per year per child on delivering compulsory income management is better value for money than spending similar amounts on services that have been shown to ensure parents can meet their children’s nutritional, health, housing and education needs and keep them safe.
UnitingCare Australia reacted with disappointment to the announcement today that the Opposition will vote with the Government to pass legislation that will enable extension of compulsory income management.
Susan Helyar, National Director of Uniting Care Australia said widespread compulsory income management will do little to help the country’s most disadvantaged citizens move beyond welfare dependency.
Susan Helyar, National Director of UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the routine indexation increase for income support payments announced on Friday by the Federal Government.
UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Government’s decision to cut welfare payments to families in order to return a surplus in the Federal Budget is poor judgement.
UnitingCare Australia said tonight’s Federal Budget is fiscally responsible and fair overall. It will deliver a decent chance at a decent life for more Australians.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the joint announcement today from the Federal Government and the Australian Greens that promises to deliver dental care to disadvantaged adults and to children from low income families.