Disability pensioners should work: MP

Australia's social services minister says the government wants to get people on the disability pension back into work.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has hinted disability pensioners could be forced to work part-time once a review into the welfare system is released.

The review will seek ways to rein in welfare spending as part of longer-term reform and will be released "fairly soon".

It focuses on the disability support pension and Newstart allowance.

Mr Andrews has voiced concerns about the increasing number of people on the "dead-end" disability payment because many recipients have been "forgotten".

The government is considering ways to get them into jobs for their own good, he said.

"Our view is that if we can encourage people to stay in the workforce, at least work part-time rather being put on the DSP and being left there, that's a good thing for them and their families and the whole community," he told ABC TV on Monday.

Mr Andrews said it would not be retrospective and would only affect new recipients of the disability pension.

Source AAP

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