CPAG welcomes the Covid-19 stimulus package and offers advice for the next urgent steps

19 March 2020

CPAG urges an immediate policy extension to allow all low-income families to have the full Working for Families support (i.e. making the In Work Tax Credit available to all families including recipients of benefits)

It would deliver at least another $72.50 a week to the very worst-off children in low-income families to help parents keep their children safe and well. The cost (around $450m) is about what could be saved from requiring superannuitants to opt-in to the winter energy payment. It would also accord with the principle of valuing the activities of caregiving and volunteering as work, greatly simplify child payments, and importantly reduce the worst child poverty in a highly cost-effective way

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