Beware those who offer ‘cultural’ fixes and non-binding reassurances. The government shouldn’t fall back on the very institutions that never fully acted until a royal commission.
The plan to increase all income support payments to a minimum of $88 a day is the first major economic proposal of the federal election campaign.
People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration.
Findings show that income transfer programmes must operate in deliberate coordination with ancillary social service institutions to deliver the maximum benefits for women’s empowerment.
As debate grows over what should happen to JobSeeker Payment, a ‘liveable income guarantee’ turns the idea of an unemployment benefit on its head.
Ardern’s coalition government promised to overhaul New Zealand’s welfare system, but its response to a comprehensive report by an expert advisory group has been disappointing at best.
Food banks should not be “normal” and yet they are rapidly becoming an accepted substitute for welfare in the UK.
We decided to dig into the statistics and compare the experience of financial stress in Indigenous and non-Indigenous households.
Our findings surprised us.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
Millions of older Australians live in houses that don’t safely meet their needs, but they’re not ready for a nursing home. Lack of suitable housing and the moving costs leave them with nowhere to go.
Despite Australia being considered the ‘lucky country’, 15% of us still experience food insecurity. Meanwhile, 40% of edible food is thrown away before it even reaches the market.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump share an awkward anniversary.
The rollout of the new benefit system will not be paused – but it is causing real hardship.
Designed to ease budgetry pressures, households in Scotland on Universal Credit can now opt for a fortnightly payment instead of being paid monthly.
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
Trump’s rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Christian Porter said Australia’s welfare system ‘was costing over 100% of all income tax raised’ under Labor after the GFC, and that it’s ‘around 80%’ under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that ‘rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people’. Is that correct?
The latest welfare changes will hurt low-income families and breach Australia’s human rights obligations.
Fewer than half a million people are currently receiving the new, simplified benefit according to newly released data.