Category Archives: Unofficial Centrelink news

Missing Meals to pay off BUY NOW PAY LATER debts

Buy Now Pay Later users are missing meals and essentials to pay their debts, more government data has confirmed. Services like Afterpay, ZipCo, Humm, LayBuy and others are leading young people (in particular) into financial hardship, despite not being classified as credit providers. There are reportedly 9.1 million active BNPL accounts in Australia. 21% of BNPL users rack up late fees, ASIC has reported while 20%

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Single parent’s 5 minute guide to the budget

Josh Frydenberg’s budget 2021 is a document designed to curry favour with women and single parents with plenty of new funding and cash for people in difficult circumstances. But the government has neglected to raise JobSeeker or the Single Parent Payment. Get on top of everything single parents need to know about the 2021 federal government budget in five minutes.

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Cashless Welfare Card hardly reduces alcohol spending at all

The Indue Cashless Debit Card reduced spending on grog by …… $88 per year, per person in one of the trial sites. Data released by the government shows that the Indue Cashless Debit Card scheme hardly reduces alcohol spending at all. Over 5 years to April 2021, the Cashless Debit Card issued by Centrelink in five ‘trial’ communities has reduced

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What single mums are saying about ScoMo’s $50 JobSeeker raise

From 1 April 2020, the Morrison government is raising the base rate of JobSeeker by $50 but axing the Coronavirus Supplement of $150. That means a NET result of $100 less in your pocket. What will JobSeeker pay from 1 April?  For single parents on JobSeeker, the current full JobSeeker base rate is currently $762. From 1 April, the parenting

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Supermarkets must accept cash

Supermarkets selling essential food and household goods are not accepting Australian banknotes issued by the Reserve Bank of Australia as payment for goods and services. Some Woolies Metro supermarket outlets in Sydney and Melbourne have attracted a flood of criticism on social media for refusing to accept cash as payment for food and essential items. “It is time for the

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SINGLE MUM GUIDE TO BUDGET 2020

$250 bonus payment for Christmas to FTB parents but ParentsNext is back along with cuts to JobSeeker, JobKeeper and childcare subsidies. This is the single mum guide to budget 2020. https://singlemum.com.au/australia-single-mum-budget-2020?utm_source=Single+Parent+Australia+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=622518cb4f-Single+parent+call-out+-+Daily+Mail+Austr_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4d191119fd-622518cb4f-712338773

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WHO WILL BENEFIT AND WHO WILL LOSE FROM BUDGET 2020?

Families, taxpayers, small business, young workers win from budget 2020 but JobSeekers miss out on the bonus Christmas payments and Victorians get no special deals. This wrap for Josh Frydenberg’s second budget is from Kidspot: https://www.kidspot.com.au/news/how-you-and-your-family-will-benefit-from-the-2019-federal-budget/news-story/757c5930a8d0e51b10410b887f1e94f2

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We need ATMs for access to cash

More than seven thousand ATMs have been removed from communities throughout Australia in the last three years. The big banks are reducing their ATM network and branch network footprints and our access to cash along with it. More than two thousand ATMs have disappeared in the last three months according to the Australian Payments Network. 175 bank branches have also

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Pension deeming rates under review

“The government is balancing the budget on the backs of pensioners” Deeming rates are set to be slashed after years of inaction by government. part-pensioners who have been stung by high deeming rates since 2015 may get some relief as the government finally prepares to review the current rates. Minister for Social Services Anne Rushton has asked for departmental advice

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Seven big changes to family & child care benefits & what they mean for your family

“It is not a choice for many of us to be on welfare, and if you realised the damage you are continually doing to that part of society you would stop doing it.” After four years of political manoeuvreing, an amazing, heartfelt impassioned speech by single mother and independent senator Jacqui Lambie signalled the passage, finally, of the government’s Omnibus

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