CAAMA News 29-12-2020

29th Dec 2020

A number of welfare recipients in the Northern Territory were unable to pay for essential goods and services on Monday .after a widespread outage disrupted the Federal Government's income management system .

The outage affected the Basics Card, which quarantines half the income of some welfare recipients for electronic spending at approved providers.

Federal Labor has warned the government not to go ahead with cuts to welfare benefits in January, saying it's too soon and the jobs market is still weak in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Morrison government will lower the JobSeeker unemployment supplement by $100 a fortnight on 1 January and the JobKeeper payment by $200 on 4 January.