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Labor unsure on mobility allowance bill

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016

Labor is unsure if it will support changes to an allowance that helps cover transport costs for people with a disability who work or do other activities.

The federal government wants to close the mobility allowance program from 2020 and move funding across to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It has proposed tightening the eligibility criteria for new claims from January 2017 and cutting from three months to one the amount of time a person can receive the allowance once they are no longer qualified.

Those who won't be eligible for the NDIS - about 14,000 - will get alternate means of support under the draft laws at a cost of $46.5 million.

"The changes in this bill will ensure that the mobility allowance payment is better targeted to those who need it the most while they wait to be transitioned to the NDIS," Social Services Minister Christian Porter told parliament.

The bill passed the lower house on Monday, but Labor flagged its intention to refer it to a committee before deciding whether to back it in the Senate.

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