Catholic Social Services Australia support for Labor's teenagers @ home policy

04/08/2010

Catholic Social Services Australia has welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement of an increase in support for Australian teenagers and families, through Family Tax Benefit A, by increasing payments for young people aged 16-18 years.

Centacare Catholic Social Services (Diocese of Parramatta) is one of 67 member agencies of Catholic Social Services Australia, whose combined membership provides services to more than a million Australians each year in remote, regional and metropolitan Australia.

“Our research with Jesuit Social Services, Dropping off the Edge, identified education as a key factor in addressing disadvantage in our community and addressing the cycle of disadvantage confronting a number of Australian families,” said Frank Quinlan, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia.

Mr Quinlan said the promise by the Prime Minister to increase the FTB A payment by $150 per fortnight for 16-18 year olds who are at school or in vocational training will be welcome relief for many families doing it tough.

“This policy will be of greatest assistance to those families on lower incomes, especially single parents and their children and this targeting is very welcome," he said.

“Whilst we already guarantee a place in an educational or vocational facility to young people, this increase to the FTB A payment acknowledges that there are real costs associated with raising and supporting teenagers and contributes real support to the family households to meet those financial demands.

"In the long run, we would hope that all pensions and allowances are set on the basis of need as assessed by an Independent Entitlements Commission."



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