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Update on the future of Family Tax Benefit Part B

Our story about proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits has really hit a nerve, both with parents and among the politicians.

By Jason Bryce | 06 May 2015




Centrelink Family Tax Benefit Part B changes are coming

Jenny Macklin has been hit with

a flood of emails and phone calls from parents...

Our story about proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits has really hit a nerve, both with parents and among the politicians.

Since our story was published two days ago, Labor's Families and Payments spokesperson Jenny Macklin has been hit with a flood of emails and phone calls from parents worried about losing Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Other media outlets have suggested that Family Tax Benefit Part B will be axed for families with school aged children from 1 July 2015. We linked to a report in The Australian suggesting Labor is considering its position.

The Abbott government has been trying to axe FTB Part B since the 2014 budget, but the legislation has been held up in the senate. The government needs Labor's support for this to pass.

Jenny Macklin
Jenny Macklin has now said Labor would not support cuts to the FTB

Jenny Macklin's office has contacted Singlemum.com.au to say Labor is definitely opposed to the government's plan, which, says Macklin, would cost some families $6,000 per year:

"The Government wants to cut Family Tax Benefit Part B to those families who have a child once the youngest child turns six," said Macklin.

"We are not going to support that."

Jenny Macklin said Labor would not support cuts to Family Tax Benefits to pay for more generous child care benefits:

"We are not going to support robbing Peter to pay Paul," said Ms Macklin "That is just very short-sighted."

Jason Bryce
Business & Finance Journalist





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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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