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Pensioners, families, disabled targeted when Centrelink debt recovery scheme expands

18 January 2017
Staff writers, AAP News Corp Australia Network

Centrelink's robo-debt recovery scheme is set to be expanded this year despite calls for an inquiry into the system. 

Pensioners, families and the disabled will be among those targeted as the Government attempts to claw back billions in overpaid welfare to help repair the budget.

New figures released in the midyear budget update papers show the Government expects to regain an extra $2.2 billion from parents, pensioners and people on disability support, Fairfax media reports.

The “robot-debt” scheme — which has been panned for sending incorrect debt notices to hundreds of welfare recipients — is reportedly expected to claw back about $1.1 billion from overpayments to people on the aged pension, $400 million from those on disability support and $700 million from parent support payments.