Daily News - Tuesday 15 October 2013

Posted 15 October 2013 7:45am
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PM Abbott flags benefit boost for carers
Sky News

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has flagged a boost to allowances and benefits for carers, as he recommitted the coalition to rolling out the national disability insurance scheme.

Employers urged to accommodate workers who are also carers
Emily Bourke, PM, ABC

Tony Abbott has paid tribute to the 2.5 million Australians who are carers. In launching Carers Week, the Prime Minister has said the Coalition Government's commitment to carers' payments and allowances would match and possibly surpass that of the previous Labor government.

Breaking your back for love; who's caring for the carers?
Carol Raabus and Ryk Goddard, ABC

Carers often forget to care for themselves.

Bubbles Haynes knows this all too well. She's been caring for husband, John, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about nine years ago.

Legal threat looms over childcare funding backflip
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Childcare providers across the country have been formally told the conditional funding offers they received under Labor to give staff pay rises have been revoked.

Centre operators are considering a legal challenge, while some have told The Australian they will be forced to increase fees, meaning parents will pay more for childcare as a result.

Poverty report finds disadvantaged likely to be women, Indigenous and unwell
ABC

A 10-year study has found Australia's most disadvantaged are more likely to be women, Indigenous, and have health problems.

Poverty is worse in remote regions
Rachel Browne, The Age

The country life is far from idyllic for many Australians, a new report showing that people in rural areas are more likely to live in poverty than their urban counterparts.

Research released by the National Rural Health Alliance and the Australian Council of Social Service found those living in the most remote locations were the worst off.

Asylum seekers on bridging visas 'in poverty'
Naomi Selvaratnam, World News Australia Radio

Advocacy groups are using Anti-Poverty Week to highlight the financial plight of asylum seekers living in the community.

They say the inability to work under bridging visa requirements leaves many asylum seekers unable to support themselves, and dependent on charities to survive.

Prioritising homelessness
Cec Shevels, Eureka Street

Australia has been experiencing high levels of homelessness for more than a decade. Our country has also been experiencing a shortage of affordable housing during this period. There is an obvious connection between the two.

Reforms to disability pension falling short
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

The number of people working while receiving the Disability Support Pension has fallen by 1270 in 12 months, despite new policies aimed at increasing workforce participation among people with disabilities.

As the Abbott government considers changes to the welfare payments regime, new analysis shows that in May, 8.4 per cent of DSP recipients also received income from employment, down from 8.5 per cent a year earlier.

UK - Labour should embrace welfare reform
Hopi Sen, The Guardian

Labour advisers sometimes tell a cautionary that illustrates how voters view Labour on welfare. Asked to pick an image to represent the Labour party, swing voters picked a picture of a fat man, sitting on a sofa, watching telly and drinking beer, the classic "scrounger" of popular imagination.

UK - Labour will be tougher than Tories on benefits, promises new welfare chief
Toby Helm, The Observer

Labour will be tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill, Rachel Reeves, the new shadow work and pensions secretary, has insisted in her first interview since winning promotion in Ed Miliband's frontbench reshuffle.

UK - The politics of ivy
Jane Mansour

The width and depth of social research and statistical data available to policy-makers in the UK provides a solid base from which to consider policy and implementation strategies. Yet too little of this finds its way into political discussion. Listening to political discourse on unemployment, benefit claimants and work over the past year, ‘learning’ does not appear to have been a priority.

UK - Social finance providers 'should incentivise charities that collaborate'
David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online (30 Sept)

Phillip Blond of the think tank ResPublica tells event at the Conservative Party Conference that too many small charities do too much of the same thing

Funders should offer a pool of finance that charities and social enterprises can only access if they collaborate or merge, delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester heard yesterday.

Phillip Blond, director of the think tank ResPublica, told an event organised by his organisation and the local infrastructure body Navca that third sector bodies must unite and work together to compete successfully with big business when trying to win public sector contracts.

Salvos firm will build on its record of work for the poor
Chris Merritt, The Australian

Without accepting one cent of government funding, the Salvation Army's wholly owned law firm has provided $8 million worth of free legal work for the poor in the past year.

Instead of seeking subsidies from state and federal governments, Salvos Legal, headed by former Mills Oakley partner Luke Geary, is entirely self-funding.

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest set to make single largest donation in Australian history
ABC

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest is set to make the largest known philanthropic donation in Australian history.

It is understood Mr Forrest will donate $65 million towards higher education in Western Australia.

Archive - 'Moral accord' call for jobless
Canberra Times (1993)

Fr Cappo suggested the understanding of citizenship be broadened to include the social right to a basic minimum income, and criticised some language used to describe the jobless, saying it diminished their dignity and influenced community attitudes to wards them.

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