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Record Number Of Sick Or Disabled Newstart Recipients As Coalition Seeks Savings

Wednesday 10 April 2019


From The Guardian Australia:


Cassandra Goldie
Cassandra Goldie, the chief executive of the Australian
Council of Social Service
, says ‘unprecedented numbers’ of
disabled or ill people are on the dole, which is just $40 a day.
(Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP)

Record number of sick or disabled Newstart recipients as Coalition seeks savings

Number of people eligible for disability pension fell dramatically, new figures show

By Luke Henriques-Gomes
Wednesday 10 April 2019
© 2019 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

The number of sick or disabled Newstart recipients facing work requirements has hit a record high of 200,000, just as the government predicts further savings from the disability support pension.

New data from the social services department shows there were 199,907 Newstart recipients with “partial capacity to work” in December, an increase of 50% – or about 65,000 – over the past five years. The figure represents 26% of the 722,923 on the dole.

Over the same period, the number of disability pensioners fell from 832,024 to 750,045, and the rate of successful disability support pension claims also declined markedly – from 69% in 2010-11 and 40.6% in 2013-14 to 29.8% in 2017-18.

It comes after last week’s federal budget forecast a 2.3% saving on income support to people with a disability over the next four years.


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