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Benefit sanctions see 17,700 kids lose up to $28 a week


Single parents are increasing­ly having their benefit penalised up to $28 a week per child, all because they refuse to name the other parent. The Green Party says the Government is using poverty as a threat, but the Government says the longstandi­ng law encourages the other parent to take financial responsibi­lity. Nationally, 17,700 children are being penalised by Work and Income reducing a benefit. That’s a fifth of the 62,000 parents who receive the single parent benefit.

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