Jodi - posted on 05/04/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )
"Teenage parents will face losing their welfare payments six months after their child is born unless they meet new study and work requirements, under the federal government's "tough love" budget.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to announce the trial scheme on Thursday, under which teenage parents could lose payments of up to $625.90 a fortnight if they fail to meet the new requirements.
The scheme will be trialled in 10 centres around Australia from January 1, News Ltd newspapers report.
Teenage parents will have to front up to Centrelink and plan education and work activities once their baby reaches six months.
Once the child turns one, they must return to school to finish year 12, the report said.
About 11,000 teenagers receive the parenting payment.
They are currently not required to look for work until their youngest child turns six.
The Gillard government has flagged tighter controls in the May 10 budget on unemployment benefits, the youth allowance and disability support pensions to get more people into work."
If I can elaborate on this article, in Australia, ALL single mothers CAN qualify for parenting payments, teen or not, until their youngest child is 6 (and by this time is in school). At that point they are required to get a job for AT LEAST 16 hours per week or risk losing their payments.
As the budget has not yet been released, I am uncertain as to what they mean by "teen" (whether under 18, or any age with the term "teen" in it), I am unable to find the clarification. However, this new measure will not apply to ALL single mothers, only teens.
So I am just curious on some of your thoughts.