Disabled young people living on poverty-level benefits rises 300%

Disabled young people living on poverty-level benefits rises 300%

The Guardian

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Exclusive: government urged to address ‘intractable problems’ as tightened rules on disability pensions blamed for fueling increase

The number of young people with disabilities in Australia surviving on below-the-poverty-line welfare benefits has “exploded” by more than 300% over the past decade, new data reveals.

As the Morrison government mulls an increase to unemployment benefits, Children and Young People with Disability Australia (Cyda) has seized on the new statistics to join welfare groups, Labor, the Greens, the business lobby, unions and the Reserve Bank in calling for a permanent boost to income support payments.

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