More cash promised for WA grandparents

A re-elected West Australian Labor government would triple welfare payments for grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

Premier Mark McGowan made the funding promise on Saturday ahead of the upcoming March state poll.

“Many grandparents don’t expect a family crisis that leaves them to raise their grandchildren,” he said.

“Often we hear from grandparents themselves that financial support is the biggest challenge they face when it comes to fulfilling the role.”

A re-elected WA government’s change to welfare for grandparents who are the primary carers to their grandchildren would mean that the average annual payment of $650 for two children would rise to $2000.

Currently payments to primary carer grandparents are structured so that there is a first child payment of $400 and an additional child payment.

Under the new policy, a grandcarer or kinship carer payment will become annual, means-tested and equal for every child.

There are 1183 grandparent primary carers currently approved for financial support in WA.

The funding boost amounts to a $6 million investment.

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