Welfare Advocates Oppose Christmas Cut to Income Support

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Last night, the parliament passed legislation reducing the rate of the COVID-19 supplement for job seekers from $250 to $150 a fortnight. 

The new rate will start on January the first. The Supplement was previously lowered in September from $550 a fortnight. 

Welfare advocates including Australian Council of Social Service and Anglicare have condemned the cut, stating it would make many Australians suffer from poverty during Christmas and in 2021. 

 

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