Author: Miki Perkins
Source: The Age
Synopsis: Young people on a disability pension could be $166 a week worse off if they are moved onto the dole as part of the federal government’s crackdown on welfare in Tuesday’s budget. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews told ABC Radio on Monday that people under 35 who went onto the disability pension under “less rigorous” rules in place between 2008 and 2011 would be reassessed. “If people are capable of working let’s encourage them to work rather than sitting on welfare – that’s a council of despair,” Mr Andrews said. If disability pension recipients under the age of 35 are able to do eight or more hours of work a week, they will be required to do activities such as work experience, education and training or work for the dole, he said.