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Parenting support axed when child turns 8:

Single, unemployed parents will be given a nudge back into the workforce when parenting support payments are cut back in next week's federal budget.
Date: May 04 2012
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The Gillard government is expected to reap savings of $700 million by axing support payments to parents who aren't working when their youngest child turns eight, News Ltd reports.

Under a 2006 arrangement, single mothers receive $648.50 a fortnight until their youngest child turns 16.

The new plan, which comes into effect in July 2013, will end the payments when the child turns eight.

For partnered parents the $442 fortnightly income support payment will now end when the youngest child turns six.

Exemptions will continue to apply for parents in special circumstances, including those caring for a child with a disability.

News Ltd reported Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said public income support should be temporary measure and not a disincentive for people finding paid work.

"We believe that, once children are at school, parents should be encouraged and supported back into the workforce," Mr Shorten said.

"A job is essential to a family's wellbeing and helping them make ends meet."

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Lorraine Grout says: 2012 05 04

‘parents should be encouraged and suppored back into the workforce’ - I agree, but this means more flexible jobs, more flexible and affordable child-care. Most jobs are still 9-5 with 4 weeks annual leave. School is 9-3 with 12 weeks holidays. That’s a lot of outside school hours care to find, particularly for single parents. And for single parents with more than one child, the costs of all that childcare and vacation care is likely to make working financially unviable. Or more likely we’re going to see a lot more 8 year olds wandering the streets in January…

Jane says: 2012 05 04

Very true Lorraine.

Linda says: 2012 05 08

This only affects those who already get that amount. When my ex and I spit, he got that amount.  I coud not claim it as I was working and then ater became unemployed. So I am already on the lower rate and it has been unfair all along! Don’t you think? Why should my ex get more than me and he is not even trying to get a job?

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