A GROUP of WA grandparents are urging politicians to keep promises made during the Federal Election campaign.
Family services provider Wanslea led the A Fairer Future for Grandchildren campaign on behalf of grandparents raising their grandchildren, known as grandcarers.
Dr Stratton said there was more work to come as they tried to turn politicians’ promises into action and sought meetings with other MPs.
“In all the meetings we had, certainly people have been interested and engaged,” she said.
Wanslea has also joined with former Tasmanian Children’s Commissioner and grandcarers advocate Mark Morrissey to lead creation of a national alliance for grandparent carers.
Mr Porter said he had previously met with grandcarer advocates and had another scheduled, and would soon respond to Wanslea’s meeting request.
“I understand the challenges and pressures many dedicated grandparents face when they find themselves needing to care for a child in their retirement, which is why the Government has a range of services tailored to grandparents to ensure they have the support they need,” he said.
“Grandparents may be eligible for a range of Australian Government financial support such as the family tax benefit, which is accessed by around 20,000 grandparents Australia wide.
“In other circumstances they may be eligible for the child care Benefit or paid parental leave, and other supplementary payments and benefits like rent assistance, health care cards and a lower threshold of the Medicare safety net.”
There are more than 5000 grandcarers in WA but they are not eligible for the same Centrelink payments and subsidies as foster carers.
Community News is joining Wanslea’s campaign for a fairer future for grandchildren to achieve better support and funding.
Sign a letter of support at www.wanslea.asn.au/wanslea/whats_new or email firstname.lastname@example.org.