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A Word from our CEO: Raise the Rate for Good

 

Dear friends and supporters,

During this pandemic, many families have experienced a double whammy – the increased costs of having their children at home full time and a loss or reduction in income.

Families tell us that being able to access healthy and nutritious food is a concern due to tighter budgets and lock-down restrictions.

One parent shared that shopping in multiple supermarkets to find the cheapest prices has become unfeasible and with children at home for longer periods – the grocery bill is increasing.

Over the past four months, we’ve provided hundreds of families with pantry staples, fresh fruit, vegetables and quality Australian meat with the support of our donors. We continue to experience more enquiries for this type of support.

While the increased JobSeeker payment has made a difference to many young people and families –  financial hardship, and the stresses associated with it, still remain a major concern.

If the Government goes ahead with its plans to cut Jobseeker by $300 per fortnight, this will have a devastating impact on young people and families living on low incomes.

It’s absolutely critical that the Government recognises that now is time to permanently and substantially raise the rate of income support payments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the inadequacy and indignity of the income support that our nation provides to people unable to find a job and those who are unable to work.

Many of our clients struggle to provide the basics for themselves and their children. The basics that many of us take for granted like buying the groceries, paying the bills, keeping the children in clothes that fit and covering the cost of school expenses.

The campaign to Raise the Rate for Good is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. There are 2.3 million Australians AND 1 million children who will be negatively impacted if the Government cuts JobSeeker by $300 per fortnight in September.

The goal of the Raise the Rate campaign is to fix our social security safety net so that it keeps people out of poverty, with income of $500 per week.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, but the cost of living, especially housing, has continued to increase.

The Les Twentyman Foundation, along with many other community organisations, supports the Raise The Rate For Good campaign. You can also sign up to support this campaign.

Stay safe.

Renee Hancock Signature

Renee Hancock
Chief Executive Officer