Today at 4pm Saturday 10 May, President of PWDA Craig Wallace, will be at Parliament House to speak to media about the proposed budget measures to reassess disability support pensioners under 35 years of age to determine their capacity to work.
Mr Wallace says, "this reassemessment is likely to move many people with disability onto Newstart. Moving people with disability onto Newstart and lower payments signals a move into poverty and only makes it more difficult for people with disability to stabilise their lives and engage in work, training and volunteering."
"It is a worry to me," said Mr Wallace, "that the Government seems to be conducting reform discussions around the DSP in an ad hoc way, which is the opposite of the approach people with disability were promised after the September election.
The McClure Review on welfare is still ongoing and there is yet to be a public consultation or public submission process. There needs to be a more evidence based discussion that includes public hearings and forums for people who are on the DSP to participate in the debate."
PWDA calls for an open and transparent welfare reform process.
Media: Craig Wallace - 0413 135 731
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