AU: Number of grandparents claiming childcare benefits plummets after 'tougher test'

Fears vulnerable children may have dropped out of formal care arrangements or ended up in foster care

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The number of grandparents claiming childcare benefits has dropped dramatically since an overhaul of the system last year, raising concerns that vulnerable children may have dropped out of formal care arrangements or ended up in foster care.
Figures from the Parliamentary Library obtained by Labor’s early childhood education spokeswoman, Amanda Rishworth, shows the number of grandparents receiving the new grandparent childcare subsidy was 3,300 in March 2019, compared with the 4,340 in March 2018 who received the previous grandparent childcare benefit.