Centrelink begin welfare ban on booze, tobacco

Evelyn Yamine
The Telegraph

RENT, bills and food are in but alcohol, cigarettes and gambling are out.

A federal government trial in which Centrelink manages the money of welfare recipients began yesterday amid an angry protest.

Bankstown, in Sydney‘s southwest, is one of five areas where the trial is being conducted.

It is designed to help allocate Centrelink benefits so that expenses are paid.

Under the government’s Stronger Futures legislation, the trials will direct money from some welfare recipients to pay for “priority items” such as food, housing, clothing and utilities.

The remainder of the money can be used as they wish – but with strict exclusions.

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