The government are doing a great job cutting waste and middle class welfarism.
Putting lazy mums back on the job, and in general making people responsible for their own lives. The old hand up, not hand out thing.
And to think Simon Collins says it’s a bad thing!
The number of working parents receiving childcare subsidies has dropped by 4300 in the past five years, despite more parents going back to work.
The decline appears to be mainly due to a Government decision during the global financial crisis to cut the income limits for the subsidy from September 2010, and to freeze them since then at $1400 a week for parents with one child in childcare, $1600 with two children and $1800 with three or more children.
Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds said it also reflected Work and Income offices failing to publicise the subsidy.
“The numbers have always been completely low compared with the segment of the population you would think are eligible to receive it,” he said.
He said some early childhood centres gave parents application forms for the subsidy, but others didn’t.
“Some Work and Income offices frown on it because the handing over of an application form, some Work and Income staff believe that should be part of a conversation between a case manager and a parent,” he said.
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