Single parents cop brunt of Family Tax Benefit changes

Family Tax Benefit changes to hit more than 200,000 families.
Family Tax Benefit changes to hit more than 200,000 families.

THOUSANDS of families would lose out under Turnbull government plans to cut welfare payments, a Senate estimates hearing was told on Thursday.

The changes are a scaled-back version of the Abbott government's original plans, but have so far failed to get support from the Senate crossbench, Labor or the Greens.

Under the government's plan, from July families would lose the Family Tax Benefit Part B when their youngest child turns 13.

The Abbott government had planned to cut eligible families off when their youngest child turned six.

The changes would save the government $4.8 billion over four years and help fund a $3.5 billion childcare package.

Public servants told the estimates hearing the change would mean up to 76,000 couples and 136,000 single parents would lose the payments, which were received by 1.3 million families.

A change to Family Tax Benefit Part A would give eligible families an extra $10 a fortnight for each child aged up to 19.

The bill would also phase out annual "supplement" payments under both benefits for all families by July 2018.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the changes would help get single and couple parents back into work.

Several crossbenchers are concerned about the impact of the changes on single-parent families.

Topics:  family family tax benefits politics

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