Dear Members,

 

As you are no doubt aware,  Centrelink has recently sent a large number of debt notices to welfare recipients across Australia.

 

Homelessness NSW has heard a number of cases in which people at risk of/currently experiencing homelessness have received one of these notices and we would like to highlight the impact of this process on these groups.

 

It would be much appreciated if members can send to us any case studies, stories etc that you have come across in relation to this issue. We are particular keen to hear of the impact of receiving this letter/repayment of debt on clients and their capacity to pay and challenge this debt.  We would also be interested in hearing about how this has impacted upon your workloads over the Christmas period.

 

If you could please send feedback to Chris Hartley at chris@homelessnessnsw.org.au or give him a call on 8354 7604.