Energy bills to hit poor

THE Federal Government's intention to stop the clean energy supplement - part of the carbon tax compensation - to a number of new welfare recipients will leave many Australians well below the poverty line.

The 2016 budget decision that the government says will save almost $1.4 billion will also widen the gap between the country's richest Australians and those needing the most help.

Research conducted by the Australia Institute shows the cuts that come into effect in September would affect pensioners, unemployed people, students, people with a disability and carers.

"Despite years of work and reports arguing for the need to increase the dole, the Government is going to cut it by $8.80 per fortnight (some $366 a year) for singles and $7.90 each for couples," said Ben Oquist, executive director of the Australia Institute.


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