Scrapping of family tax benefit increase hits hard
FOR Maryborough single mum Leanne Hajduk, the ability to keep the electricity on and pay the grocery bill is an increasingly difficult balance.
Her family is one of hundreds on the Fraser Coast that will feel the impact after a promised increase to the Family Tax Benefit A was officially scrapped in the Federal Budget delivered this week.
The benefit was expected to increase from July by an estimated $600 per year for families with two children, however it was confirmed in Tuesday's Budget the promised increase had been scrapped.
As the cost of electricity, food, rent and other expenses continues to rise, Ms Hajduk says she is disgusting by the decision to allow the payment not to rise alongside it.
"It is just a struggle, every day," she said.
"We are borderline poverty right now."
Ms Hajduk said she was unable to find a job and so must rely on the benefit, which amounts to about $700 a fortnight for her family.
It must stretch to cover the cost of ordinary living expenses as well as the specialist health care for her epileptic daughter and health concerns for her other children.
New parents on the Family Tax Benefit A will receive a one-off boost after the birth of a child.