National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said inadequate support is forcing vulnerable people into deeper poverty, entrenching their disadvantage, and making it increasingly difficult for them to get a job.
“The current rate of unemployment payments barely covers housing and energy bills, let alone rising costs of food and education, or the costs of seeking work.
“Parents feel their children are missing out on healthy food, school materials and sporting activities.
“People want to work or increase their hours but are held back by the costs of transport and childcare.
“As we face the upcoming election we call upon all parties to commit to an increase in Newstart Allowance and fund the supports that struggling families need to participate fully in our community.”