Success for cashless welfare card in East Kimberley
Written on the 6 November 2016
Malcolm Turnbull will consider rolling out the cashless welfare card widely after [a recent trial in the East Kimberley and South Australia].
The card, which quarantines 80 per cent of a person's welfare benefits on a cashless card and leaves them 20 per cent in cash, was introduced in Ceduna on March 15 and in Western Australia's East Kimberley on April 26.
A report, due to be released today, found the use of the card has significantly cut homelessness at both trial sites.
The number of people admitted to a sobering-up unit in Wyndham, in the Kimberley, fell by 69 per cent from April to September. Domestic violence incident reports were down 13 per cent from April to July, but general assaults slightly increased.
Source: The Australian
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