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Paying the price for sugar and spice. A study of women's pathways into social security recipiency. /

by Montague, Meg | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Stephens, Jenny.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. AGPS 1985Description: 204 p. Bibliography pp.203-204.Notes: 2 copiesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Pension reform for all : submission to the Pension Review of measures to strengthen the financial security of seniors, carers and people with a disability / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Naughtin, Gerrry.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: iv, 12 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission to the Pension Review .Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: There are strong grounds for the provision of immediate assistance to Australian pensioners. However, immediate assistance will not address the broader structural reforms required to achieve lasting benefits. Adequate pension reform requires comprehensive review of the taxation and income transfers systems, a task being undertaken by the Henry Review. The Pension Review should ensure additional support for people experiencing significant hardship until the recommendations of the broader review have been implemented. Substantial changes of the pension base prior to the completion of a system-wide review would be premature and unwise. Therefore, short-term assistance should be framed within the existing architecture of the annual adjustment system, bonuses and supplementary payments schemes. Adjustments to the aged, carer and disability pensions over the next three years should be through the mechanisms of the bonus system, increased rent assistance and utility allowances rather adjustment to the pension base. This submission sets out some broader issues that the Brotherhood considers must be examined by the Henry Review. A fair and sustainable solution will require additional public expenditure, as well as review of the regressive nature of many current taxation, concession and benefit arrangements. Australia needs a more integrated and equitable incomes and benefit transfers and taxation system for the twenty-first century. The Henry Review provides the vehicle for recommending such a comprehensive framework. The terms of the Pension Review and recent public debate about the adequacy of pensions have focused on pensions for older Australians, carers and people with a disability. While there is strong community and political support for additional assistance for these groups, there is no justification for excluding other income support recipients. Fairness requires that the aged, carers and people with a disability should not be advantaged at the expense of other groups Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

Pension review : background paper. /

by Harmer, Jeff | Australia. Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2008Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:56:34 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Retirement & ageingAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

People with a need for assistance : a snapshot, 2006. /

by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:54:05 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "Disability affects about one in five Australians to varying degrees and in various ways. This can range from someone who has a mild hearing impairment that is overcome by the use of a hearing aid, to a person who cannot wash or dress without help. In 2006, the Census of Population and Housing included questions for the first time on people with disabilities at the more severe end of this spectrum, that is those who need assistance with self-care, communication or mobility activities." -- ABS website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Personal Support Programme evaluation : interim report

by Perkins, Daniel | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2005Description: viii, 55 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography: p. 52-55 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The aim of this study is to evaluate how well the Personal Support Programme (PSP) enables people with multiple non-vocational barriers to achieve economic and/or social outcomes. Interim findings suggest that PSP is a crucial and well-designed program for assisting some of the most disadvantaged job seekers, but that several factors reduce its effectiveness notably, inadequate funding to help clients access services such as education and counselling to overcome barriers. While PSP s recognition that some participants are unable to engage in employment-related activities before addressing personal barriers is vital, the lack of appropriate employment assistance integrated with personal support is an unfortunate limitation for those participants who feel ready to look for work.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Personalisation, productivity and efficiency /

by Carr, Sarah | Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Publisher: London, U.K. Social Care Institute for Excellence 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Social Care Institute for Excellence. Adult services report ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 Bibliography : 31-33Summary: This brief report examines the potential for personalisation, particularly the mechanism of self-directed support and personal budgets, to result in costefficiencies and improved productivity as well as improved care and support, resulting in better outcomes for people's lives. It provides an overview of some emerging evidence on efficiency from the implementation of personalisation so far.Availability: (1)

Personalising public services : understanding the personalisation narrative /

by Needham, Catherine.

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2011Description: iv, 209 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: Personalisation - the idea that public services should be tailored to the individual, with budgets devolved to the service user or frontline staff - is increasingly seen as the future of the welfare state. This book focuses on how personalisation evolved as a policy narrative and has mobilised such wide-ranging political support. It will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in public policy and social policy and for researchers and practitioners working in related fields.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Policy outlines for new model of income management : a consulation document /

by Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community services and Indigenous Affairs.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. unpub. 2010Description: HTLM.Summary: This consulation document outlines five new policy outlines for the income management scheme. The five are: Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Measure; Parental Exemptions - Indicators of financial vulnerability; Parental Exemptions - Parents with children of compulsory school age and under compulsory school age; Class Exemption - Special Benefit; and Matched Savings Scheme (Income Management) Payment.Availability: No items available

Poverty and family life under welfare-to-work : the continuing failure of welfare policy. /

by Cameron, Helen.

Publisher: Magill, S.A. Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia 2006Description: PDF.Notes: Family & early years Into & out of work INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Poverty and its causes /

by Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Australian Council of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Poverty report : October 2010.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2010 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Poverty is a relative concept used to describe the people in a society that cannot afford the essentials that most people take for granted. While many Australians juggle payments of bills, people living in poverty have to make difficult choices - such as skipping a meal to pay for a child's textbooks. Research commissioned by ACOSS and conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW estimates that the number of Australians living in poverty is increasing. Approximately 2.2 million people, or 11.1 per cent of Australians lived in poverty in 2006 ? the latest date for which statistics are available - compared with 9.9 per cent in 2004 and 7.6 per cent in 1994. These figures were determined using the 50% of median income poverty line, a stringent one by international standards.Availability: (1)

Poverty and the adequacy of social security. /

by Veit-Wilson, John.

Publisher: Description: p. 78-109.Notes: Rec. for book: B10288 Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-109) Indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Purchaser-provider in social policy delivery : prolegomena to an evaluation of the Centrelink arrangements. /

by Rowlands, David.

Publisher: 1999Description: p. 221-240.Notes: Rec. no. for conference: B9540 (v. 1) ; B9541 (v. 2) December 1999 Includes bibliographical references indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Receiving specialist welfare benefit advice within Social Services : a qualitative interview study of older people and their carers /

by Winder, Rachel | Richards, Suzanne H | Wyatt, Katrina | Campbell, John.

Publisher: 2008Availability: No items available

Reconciling income mobility and welfare persistence /

by Fan, Elliot | Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy esearch | Ryan, Chris.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011 Bibliography : p. 30Summary: In this paper, we provide evidence that reconciles the co-existence of high income mobility among people on low income and patterns of high persistence on income support among people whose income from government payments is low - both phenomena have been founded in different Australian studies. We find that these phenomena are evident in data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, but that they reflect the experiences of different groups of individuals. These groups of individuals are around the same size. While there is considerable mobility in income from the lowest two deciles of household equivalised income, this mobility is greater for those not reliant on welfare for the majority of their income than for those who are. The non-welfare reliant individuals appear to have substantially different characteristics compared with those in the (more disadvantaged) welfare reliant group, being much younger, less likely to suffer from a long-term health condition, more likely to be full-time students and less likely to have been divorced than the welfare reliant group.Availability: (1)

Reforming the Australian welfare state. /

by Saunders, Peter (ed.).

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2000Description: xvi, 300 p.Notes: May 2000 Website : Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: 1. Issues in Australian welfare reform / Peter Saunders -- 2. Welfare reform and the family : lessons from America / Lawrence Mead -- 3. Welfare dependency and economic opportunity : a response to Lawrence Mead / Frank Field -- 4. Welfare reform in Britain, Australia and the United States / Alan Buckingham -- 5. Trans-generational income support dependence in Australia : early evidence / Frances McCoull and Jocelyn Pech -- 6. Australian youth and the dependency culture / Peter Saunders and Wendy Stone -- 7. Passive welfare and the destruction of indigenuous society in Australia / Noel Pearson -- 8. Mutual obligation : what sort of a contract is this? / Anna Yeatman -- 9. A sorry tale : welfare against the family / Lucy Sullivan -- 10. Families, work and welfare / Fiona MacDonald and Don Siemon -- 11. Labour market issues in welfare reform / Peter Dawkins -- 12. Examining the assumptions behind the welfare review / Michael RaperAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Relationship breakdown and the economic welfare of Australian mothers and their children /

by Chapman, Bruce | Gray, Matthew.

Publisher: 2008Availability: No items available

Reliance on income support in Australia : prevalence and persistence. /

by Tseng, Yi-Ping | Wilkins, Roger.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. University of Melbourne 2002Description: 45 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: (1)

Remaking community? : New Labour and the governance of poor neighbourhoods /

by Wallace, Andrew.

Publisher: Farnham ; Burlington, VT Ashgate Publishing Co 2010Description: 159 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction -- New Labour, new welfare citizens -- Local governance and new deal for communities -- Contesting community -- Questioning agency -- Understanding exclusion -- Ensnared citizens -- Concluding thoughtsSummary: Remaking Community addresses the interlinking uses of community in government rhetoric and practice. It explores why this concept was so central to the British New Labour governing project and what it meant for individuals enveloped in the 'regeneration' of their citizenship and locality. It seeks to understand how community is conceptualised, applied, constructed, misunderstood, exploited, experienced, contested, mobilised and activated by both policy actors and neighbourhood residents and situates this discussion within an examination of the political, emotional and cultural impact of the regeneration experience. Offering a timely analysis of New Labour, regeneration and the politics of community, this book makes an original and important contribution to debates around new spaces of governance, citizen participation and the tackling social exclusion in poor neighbourhoods.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Removing poverty traps in the tax transfer system /

by Ingles, David | Australia Institute.

Publisher: Manuka, A.C.T. Australia Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Australia Institute. Technical brief ; no. 7.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2010 Bibliography : p. 34-36 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: With the looming problems of population ageing, increasing workforce participation has become a priority for governments and many are examining tax and transfer schemes to establish whether or not the incentives created by them encourage people to stay out of or leave the workforce. For example, the recent Henry Inquiry into the Australian tax system paid particular attention to the transfer system and its associated incentives. This paper examines available evidence on the EMTR problem based on computer models and population surveys. It then looks at various incremental solutions before moving on to more radical solutions such as the negative income tax (NIT) proposed in 1975 by the Commission of Inquiry into Poverty (Henderson Inquiry). These typically involve a uniform tax rate on all private income combined with a basic income guarantee available to everyone. Unfortunately, it has been found that the tax rate required to finance an adequate guarantee corresponding to current payment levels is quite high; high enough, indeed, at nearly 60 per cent to make this solution apparently unviable. A method of reducing the required uniform tax rate (RTR) is to maintain a categorical system so that only those eligible by reason of age, disability and so on have access to the basic income guarantee. But even in this two-tier system, the RTR is still very high at over 50 per cent. This paper examines the possibility that a broadening of the income tax base or levying other broad-based taxes might lower the RTR so that it becomes feasible. The answer is that although it may be possible, it is also likely to be politically infeasible. The paper goes on to suggest some piecemeal changes that would help to iron-out the worst of the current EMTR problems.Availability: (1)

Reservation wages and the earnings capacity of lone and couple mothers : are wage expectations too high? /

by Gray, Matthew | Renda, Jennifer.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2006Description: x, 24 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2006 Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-19)Availability: (1)

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