DOCS to strip grandparents of payments for childcare

(SMH) HUNDREDS of people who look after their grandchildren full-time risk losing a special payment worth between $400 and $600 per child a fortnight after the NSW Department of Community Services announced a review. […] ”There’s sheer panic,” said Merilyn O’Neill, public officer of Grandparents As Parents Again, a support group based in Port Macquarie. ”Grandparents are at the end of their lives. They don’t have the ability to earn money.” […] The allowance was introduced in 2006 after reports highlighted the difficult circumstances of grandparent carers, and the lack of support they received compared to foster carers. read more

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