Tax office and charities report on welfare dependency

ALMOST 3000 welfare and pension payments were made in Gladstone in 2011-12, according to latest Australian Taxation Office data.

In a population of about 61,465 as of 2012, just under 1100 pension payments were made, totalling over $9.9 million in the 2011-12 financial year.

As well as the significant amount of pension payments made, welfare payments were also substantial in nature, with 1770 payments made in 2011-12, which delivered just over $8 million to those in need in the Gladstone region.

While the population estimate has not grown significantly since the Australia Bureau of Statistics' 2012 estimate, the need for welfare is still present, according to Gladstone Salvation Army Captain Sharilyn Bush.

"In terms of need for welfare, we see fluctuations throughout the year," she said.

"Last Christmas we've had the most demand in the time we've been here."



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