Pensioners in fear as govt flags more benefit cuts
WELFARE recipients were worried that any cuts to their benefits would worsen an already difficult situation.
Treasurer Joe Hockey foreshadowed more cuts to those on welfare benefits ahead of May’s Federal Budget.
“Welfare must be a safety net, not a cargo net,” he said.
Improving the budget figures and the economy will take “difficult decisions” that will affect households, companies and the public sector, he said.
Joseph Callanan is on a disability pension and could not understand why benefits would be cut.
He said pensioners had little left once they had paid rent and electricity.
“You go into a shopping centre with $15 and walk out with next to nothing,” Mr Callanan said.
“Everything goes up except for the pension.
“It’s like they want us to live on fresh air.”
Living payment-to-payment is a tough reality for single mother Minnie Wiley.
She has a five-year-old son and relies on her fortnightly benefit, but still finds it difficult to make ends meet.
After rent and electricity is paid, she calculated that she had $150/fortnight to pay for food and other expenses.