Single parents face uncertain future

Single parents will find it even harder to feed themselves and their children if the government makes sweeping cuts to income support.

The authorities are planning to change the benefits system and the alterations could impact up to 100,000 struggling households.

Representatives of the Australian Greens have warned the government that a lot of people are already struggling to put basic rations of food on their tables.

Foodbank's End Hunger report for 2012 showed that many Aussies are already below the poverty line and the new reforms will take a further $60 away from them each week.

Of course, people with low incomes are less likely to have savings accounts to fall back on when the cost of living rises.

Spokesperson for the party Senator Rachel Siewert said the situation is "heartbreaking".

"Our income support system is inadequate and is failing to meet the needs of people in our community," she remarked.

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