In The Media | 30 June 2015

Disability support pension eligibility crackdown forces people onto Newstart allowance: welfare groups

Welfare groups have warned the Federal Government’s crackdown on welfare payments will force more people onto the Newstart allowance, with no prospect of finding a job or looking after their health.

After tighter rules were introduced last year, 28,000 people under the age of 35 on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) are due to be re-assessed.

So far more than 7,249 people have had their cases reviewed, and 746, or around 10 per cent, have been told they are no longer medically eligible.