Social Welfare Minister Carmel Sepuloni was far from generous with details, when questioned in Parliament yesterday about her government’s policy intentions regarding solo parents and the burden they heap on taxpayers.
We are not much clearer – as a consequence – about what further changes are likely based on proposals from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group. Or how much more taxpayers will be expected to cough up to care for the children of welfare beneficiaries
But the suggestion that the government should do something to discourage solo-parent beneficiaries from bringing more children into the world was treated with disdain.
In response to a report from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, the Government in May announced it will remove the benefit sanction which penalised solo mothers by up to $28 a week if they would not name their child’s father.
The amount that beneficiaries can earn through employment before their benefits were cut was increased at the same time. Continue reading “It seems more welfare costs will be heaped on taxpayers but Sepuloni is stingy when asked for details”