Budget scores ticks and crosses

Jenny Bruce, pictured with children Jack, 5 and Billy, 9, says she believes she will be better off under the new Federal Budget.
Jenny Bruce, pictured with children Jack, 5 and Billy, 9, says she believes she will be better off under the new Federal Budget. Kerri Burns-Taylor

WAYNE Swan's "Robin Hood" budget has received mixed responses from Rose City taxpayers.

Warwick mum of two Jenny Bruce welcomed the changes, saying she believed her family would be better off under the new budget.

The former Education Tax Refund will be axed, with a new income-tested system to be rolled out to parents who receive Family Tax Benefit A.

Mum to sons Billy, 9, and Jack, 5, Mrs Bruce will receive $820 a year to compensate her for the cost of sending her kids to school.

"I think we will be better off because we have only been claiming around $200 to $300 a year," she said.

"I heard a lot of people hadn't been claiming it but I have been doing it through my accountant."

Family Tax benefit is also set to be given a boost, with eligible parents set to take home up to $600 more each year.

Mum-of-four Kylie Forbes said she would like to see the government lend a hand to struggling university students.

Mrs Forbes said her 18-year-old daughter was balancing the pressures of work, study and living away from home and she received little assistance.

"My daughter works up to 30 hours a week and then she has to find time to study on top of that," she said. "It's really expensive for these kids. They have to buy textbooks, equipment and everything else they need to live."

Mrs Forbes said payment eligibility criteria for university students needed to be relaxed and overhauled, as it was confusing and far from balanced.

"We should be encouraging more young people to study or work, not making the dole more attractive," she said.

"Uni students are doing their best to build a future and we should give them a helping hand."

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