Disability workers to double for NDIS

Posted 8 May 2013 9:51am

Disability workers to double for NDIS: "The disability service providers say they will take a big investment in attracting people to the industry and use 457 visas to avoid a critical shortfall, as Miriam Hall reports." PM, ABC.

What life is like on Newstart: ‘every day is a worry’: "What’s life like living on Newstart unemployment benefits? Crikey talks to a jobseeker, a single mum and a graduate about how they live on just $497 a fortnight." Amber Jamieson, Crkey.

Hockey flags severe welfare and spending cuts: "Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has warned that a Coalition government would implement drastic welfare and spending cuts and streamline government service delivery, but many of the details will not be finalised until after the federal election." Phillip Coorey, Australian Financial Review.

Labor scrambles to help job seekers without feeding its growing deficit: "Job seekers would be allowed to earn more from casual or part-time work before losing Newstart benefits under budget changes designed to help lift them out of poverty without increasing the dole." Mark Kenny, Sydney Morning Herald.

Family benefits cash promise derailed by falling revenue: "The Gillard government will not go ahead with a family benefits boost that would have provided a maximum of $600 extra a year to eligible Australian families, as it signals that the budget faces a $17 billion shortfall." Judith Ireland, Sydney Morning Herald.

ACOSS slams Labor’s family benefits U-turn: "Welfare groups have attacked the Gillard government’s decision not to proceed with $1.8 billion in additional support for families because the mining tax failed to meet revenue forecasts." Sid Maher, The Australian.

ALP puts $1bn more in affordable housing: "The federal government has committed another $1 billion to build 10,000 homes for low-income earners even though its troubled affordable housing scheme has fallen well short of its own targets." Paul Cleary, The Australian.

Rent collection doubts: "A scheme to let public housing authorities deduct rent directly from tenants’ welfare payments will shunt people into deeper poverty, lawyers and the tenants’ union warn." Henrietta Cook, Sydney Morning Herald.

UK – Universal credit: more tenants face eviction and rent arrears: "Under the proposed new system, tenants in receipt of housing benefit will have their money paid directly to them, rather than, as now, direct to the landlord, as part of a drive to build financial resilience by encouraging saving and budgeting skills among households used to living week-to-week in a cash economy." Patrick Butler, The Guardian.

‘Catastrophe of social evil’ awaits as rights cut bites: "Labor has been warned that it will create a social underclass by releasing asylum-seeker families into the community on bridging visas to fend for themselves without the right to work." Lauren Wilson and Rick Morton, The Australian.

Black hole budget will penalise the poor: "Budgets reveal a government’s priorities." Brian Toohey, Eureka Street.

Warning: may contain graphic propaganda: "This election year one key battleground has been Facebook. And rather interestingly for those who like data, one of the main weapons used has been graphs." Greg Jericho, The Drum.

Time for the Not for Profit Stock Exchange? "Now that there is a dedicated regulator in place, perhaps it is time to move on to another challenge – increasing investment in the Not for Profit sector to achieve better outcomes for the community."David Crosbie, Pro Bono News.

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