The government’s new welfare to work change will cause future hardship for sole parents and the disabled (these two not being mutually exclusive). Sole parents and the disabled who are put on to the Newstart allowance from next July will discover it attracts a waiting period for people with savings, a delay that doesn’t apply to the current Parenting Payment Single (PPS) or the Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Basically, a Centrelink payment keeps the bare necessities in your life. Housing, food and clothing. None of these are extravagant. You will not find many PPS and DSP recipients with a Harbour view, unless they are 25 to a house.
Now this government will force them to use up their savings before they can get a Newstart payment. If a PPS or DSP recipient has savings that will usually be to cover the unexpected. A school excursion or a belt on the washing machine.
This government is mean and punitive.
I’m predicting that cash-under-the-mattress will return to favour.