Regional communities would receive a multi-million dollar boost if government raised the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments through an increase in consumer spending, a new report by Deloitte has found.
ACOSS commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to model the economic impact of raising Newstart and related payments by $75 per week.
Over 800,000 people, including parents, carers, people with disability, other people locked out of paid work and students are struggling daily to afford basic essentials like a roof over their head and food on their table.
People are having to make tough choices between eating a meal and paying a bill, buying shoes for their children and maintaining their health.
Newstart has not increased in real terms in 24 years, but the cost of essentials has drastically increased.
ACOSS says it is now time for government to Raise the Rate and is asking for your support!
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