Centrelink hounded the handicapped man's mother for $ 6,700 six months after his death – and tell her that she now owes them the money
- Anastasia McCardel received a call from Centrelink about the debt of her deceased son
- Her son Bruce McCardel, however, died in November 2018, aged 49 years
- Mrs. McCardel threw Centrelink for the insensitive handling of her son's case
- Ministry of Human Service has a policy for collecting debts from the dead
A grieving mother has beaten Centrelink because she has been hounded about the alleged & # 39; debts & # 39; from her dead son.
Bruce McCardel was a retired person with a disability and suffering from Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the heart and other organs.
He died tragically in November 2018, at the age of 49.
But now his mother, Anastasia, says she received a letter from Centrelink asking for his & # 39; debts & # 39; to pay for an amount of $ 6,744.52.
& # 39; It was actually Bruce's style who owed them money, & # 39; she told 7.30.
& # 39; She said I was responsible for those payments. & # 39;
Bruce McCardel died in November 2018, at the age of 49 and his mother was informed by Centrelink that he had a debt to pay
Mrs. McCardel hurled Centrelink for insensitive handling of her son's case and that they did not do the right thing & # 39;
The letter was generated as part of Centrelink & # 39; s controversial & # 39; robodebt & # 39; scheme, an automated service that links income data from the Australian tax official to benefits.
Mrs. McCardel said the letter thanked her son for checking his income information.
& # 39; I wanted to know how they thought Bruce would have worked through this paperwork if he was really dead, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I actually got pretty angry. & # 39;
She added that her son always declared his income and therefore had no idea how the debt was calculated.
The Ministry of Human Service has a policy for collecting debts from deceased persons.
Family members are contacted within four weeks of the death of their family members and where possible the debts are recovered from the estate of the deceased.
Centrelink employees are advised to & # 39; remember that family members mourn & # 39; and & # 39; check the text of the letter before posting to see if it is appropriate for the situation & # 39 ;.
The Ministry of Human Service has a policy for collecting debts from deceased persons
Mrs. McCardel hurled Centrelink for the insensitive handling of her son's case and that they did not do the right thing & # 39 ;.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services told 7.30 am that they provide a service when it comes to sensitive issues.
& # 39; The department regularly looks for sensitive cases to see what could have happened better and to provide additional support if needed, & # 39; they said.
The robo-debt settlement has often been criticized by people who are the target of Centrelink.
However, a report from the Ombudsman from 2019 shows that we have significantly improved the way debts are calculated and have more access to support if they want to have a debt assessment carried out.
The report showed that the number of complaints has decreased since 2017.
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