Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler survey results

People in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay have expressed strong opposition and concerns for the Cashless Debit Card Trial, a QCOSS survey has found.

More than 100 people responded to the survey, with 75 per cent opposing the Cashless Debit Card trial in Hinkler in its current form. 65 per cent of respondents reported they believe there will be no benefits from the trial in the Hinkler region.  

Read the full review of the results here.

QCOSS Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler survey results - page one. QCOSS does not support the expansion of mandatory income management through a cashless debit card as attempts to address complex health issues through the welfare system are fundamentally flawed. The trial is due to extend into Hinkler from the end of January 2019.  We have engaged directly with the community to gauge the real impact of the Cashless Debit Card Trial. QCOSS will continue to support Hinkler residents affected by the trial.  Concerns around the trial: -65 per cent believe there will ne no benefits from the trial However a small number of respondents expected to see a reduction in youth unemployment (19 per cent), drug misuse (15 per cent), alcohol misuse (16 per cent) and gambling misuse (19 per cent). -75 per cent oppose in its current form -63 per cent oppose outright -18 per cent accept in its current form -12 per cent would support if voluntary Survey respondents:  -128 responses collected -89 per cent identified as individuals -11 per cent responded on behalf of an organisation -48 per cent expected family or friends to be in-scope for the trial -32 per cent of services expect to have clients in-scope for the trial -14 per cent attended Department of Human Services meetings -Many reported not knowing about the info sessions Which issues targeted by the card are serious in Hinkler? - 74 per cent said youth unemployment -41 per cent said drug misuse -31 per cent said alcohol misuse  -26 per cent said gambling misuse Some respondents saw the introduction of the Cashless Debit Card Trial as a serious issue itself. People linked this to a lack of empathy from elected representatives.

QCOSS Cashless Debit Card Trial Hinkler survey results - page two. Concerns: -77 per cent said reduced access to second-hand goods (End of document) -76 per cent said stigmatisation of social security recipients -76 per cent said limiting human rights -70 per cent said wellbeing worse off -70 per cent said financial hardship -68 per cent said increased crime -66 per cent said expensive program -11 per cent said no concern Some respondents indicated they believe the trial will have the opposite effect from what is intended, and actually make the targeted problems worse. Which services are in most need of additional funding? -78 per cent said mental health -68 per cent said employment -66 per cent said alcohol and drug -58 per cent said co-ordination Individual impacts: A majority of respondents indicated people in the trial might need help dealing with: -61 per cent said stigma and discrimination - 56 per cent said emergency expenses - 56 per cent said exclusion from venues or services 63 per cent also provided additional feedback when invited, 90 cent of which was negative. The cashless debit card: 1. Ineffective - Auditor-General: "no evidence that it reduces social harm". 2. Expensive - Auditor-General: $10,000+ per person 3. Harmful - 32 per cent said it made their lives worse 4. Unsupported - Evaluation: recorded community opposition 5. Discriminatory - Human Rights Committee: breaches rights of privacy and social security 6. Paternalistic: Human Rights Committee: removes people's agency to manage their affairs.

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