Cuts to Family Payments - pitting Family against Family
Sole parenthood is an incredibly demanding and difficult job.
Sole parents are always the first to have their incomes threatened by budget cuts.
Last year, after the proposed 2014 cut to Newstart was introduced, we surveyed our sole parent members and many of them said that their children have suffered a decline in nutrition and mental health if the cuts went ahead. Some sole parents said that they are struggling to meet basic weekly costs, including necessities like rent and groceries.
They were at risk of losing up to $3804 a year in government assistance. So our sole parent members rallied together to stand against these cuts.
AND THEY WON!
But now, the Federal Government is again planning on stripping back Family Tax Benefit payments from sole parents - this time to fund the new Childcare legislation.
THIS WILL PIT FAMILY AGAINST FAMILY IN A FIGHT FOR FUNDING - this is simply wrong!
The current changes to FTB will mean that thousands of sole parent families would lose up to 10 per cent of their household income.
A low income, single parent family with two children would lose more than $60 per week or $3000 per year once their youngest child turns 13 and the measures are fully implemented Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) estimates.
$3000 a year in lost income! No average working family can afford to see $3000 stripped from their budgets - let along sole parent families!
We can do something about this. Right now a Senate Committee is looking into the cuts to family payments and are calling for written submissions from the public. This is your chance to tell your story federal senators and urge them not to support these cuts.
We’ve done all the behind-the-scene’s stuff, all you need to do is tell your story!
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR SUBMISSION
Most Senate inquiries call for written submissions from experts and the public to help better understand an issue before the senate committee reaches their final decision.
Anyone can make a submission to an inquiry. In fact, sometimes the most powerful and persuasive submissions are from members of the public.
The most influential thing that you can do to support single parent families is to tell the senators your story or the story of someone that you know.
Tell them how important these payments are to children's lives.
Your story can be as simple as a child having to wait longer for a desperately needed new pair of shoes. It can be as significant as a sole parent family not being able to afford vital car repairs.
Tell your story, in your own words and we will make sure they are received by the Senate Enquiry.
Below we have provided you with space to make a submission. Just fill in the details, write your submission and we'll send it off the the committee for you!