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Submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2003

Summary

  • The true costs of child poverty have not been calculated to take in other areas of government expenditure as well as the social costs to children themselves, their families and our community.
  • Catholic agencies and other NGOs who work directly with the poor expect and support fundamental changes to family income
  • The effects of child poverty have been well documented, especially in terms of health and child protection
  • Caritas has found that children from low decile schools are more likely to work to supplement family income than those from high decile schools.
  • Assistance to children should be given on the basis of need not the main source of family income
  • Assistance which distinguishes between beneficiary and nonbeneficiary households create difficulties for people moving into work and create disincentives rather than incentives to work.

See also submissions on Budget Policy Statements from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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