Council calls for allowance raise

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FRANKSTON councillors have called on the federal government to raise the rate of Newstart, youth allowance, and other related payments.

Frankston Council have joined the ‘Raise the rate’ campaign led by the Australian Council of Social Services, which was developed in response to the “unacceptable” number of Newstart and youth allowance recipients living below the poverty line.

Frankston City mayor Colin Hampton is calling on residents to join council’s support for the campaign by signing an online petition.

“When there are people still struggling to afford daily basics such as food and a roof over their head, something needs to change. The Newstart Allowance has barely increased in the past 24 years, despite the drastic rise in housing and utility costs, and changes to the labour market,” Cr Hampton said.

“The reality is that a single person with no children living on Newstart is forced to survive on just $39 per day. This money is expected to cover their rent, bills, food, transport and medical costs. It’s just not enough.”

A statement from council noted that in March 2018, there were 4,705 Newstart recipients in Frankston City, and 592 unemployed young people receiving youth allowance.

For more information and to view the petition visit: acoss.org.au/RaiseTheRate

First published in the Frankston Times – 10 September 2018

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