I received a letter about 8 months ago saying that the figures that I had reported did not match up with the figures they received from ATO.
The figures were from when I started a new job up until my partner and I moved in together.
When my partner moved in with me, I contacted centrelink and told them, and my fortnightly reporting was ceased and we provided a yearly family income.
When I called Centrelink 8 months ago, I gave them all the payslip amounts that they asked for, and they all matched up with what I had reported, but due to being a shift worker, and receiving more money from work on some fortnights, they averaged out the amount for the whole time, and somehow concluded that I had been overpaid by $800.
So so angry as since my partner and I have been living together, we get less than $50 a fortnight FTB, so we are probably in some ways worse off than we would have been had we stayed living apart and me working and claiming sole parent pension.
I do not have the time or patience to try and fight this debt, so I will be telling centrelink to shove their $50 a fortnight where it fits, use it to pay off the debt, and then tell them I no longer want to receive any further payments from them.
$50 a fortnight is not worth the stress of potentially them raising a debt years down the track.
I am also very worried that they will somehow find other 'debts' that they believe I have, when I know that I have never received anything that I was not entitled to.
It seems that you do the right thing and you get punished.
Perhaps I need to split with my partner, pop out a couple more kids, stop working and rely on centrelink to pay all my living expenses.
I feel lucky that my partner and I can survive without centrelink, but on the other hand unlucky as we work our backsides off to provide for our family, and receive bugger all.
We spend over 2k a year on prescriptions, get concession on nothing etc etc.
(We are not big income earners either, we are in that group of people that don't earn enough to live very comfortably, but earn too much to receive a reasonable amount from centrelink.)
I have nothing but pure hatred for this government.
It is disgusting that they are using everyday Australians that have done the right thing to pay off their huge debts.
They are manipulating the rules and changing the goal posts, in order to line their own pockets.