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    Default The Budget and Newstart payments

    My best friend has just lost her job, the company scaled back and she was the last hired, so first fired.

    I was telling her about the parenting payments being cut back once your youngest child turns eight and how that's going to affect a lot of single Mum's. I don't need to worry for a long time yet, and things will change again before then.

    My friend went to Centrelink and signed up for Newstart. She's getting just over $500 p/f. I was shocked, how's anyone supposed to live off that? And she told me that there won't be any kind of support payment to help offset the carbon tax for people on Newstart. I didn't honestly know if anyone was getting any form of payment.

    She's going to starve, her rent is $210 per week, she's only 3 months into a 12 month lease, and breaking the lease will cost her a fortune. She's considered sharing to break costs, but still, how can anyone live off such a pittance?

    Is there any kind of payment to offset the carbon tax for anyone?

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    It is an absolute pittance.

    I don't know how people live off it.

    My partner works in job network, and I think a lot of the long-term unemployed people he works with live with their parents, or in share accommodation, or boarding houses, or their cars, or some of the older ones own their houses outright.

    I assume there is a carbon tax payment for people on newstart, but it's not much. I think about $200 or $300 per year, so it won't really solve her problems.

    ETA: from what I can see the increase to offset the impact of the carbon tax is $218 per annum for singles on Newstart.
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    Wow so she get's just over $4 per week to offset the carbon tax WHOOPPIE! I'm sure electricity prices will go up a LOT more than that!

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    I think she's would be still entitled to family tax benefit a and b if she's got children. It's only about 280pf but it's something and rent assistance is about 100 depending on rental price.

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    I don't know if a single person would need much more than that if they are careful with electricity.

    But the payment itself is completely out of touch with the standard of living. I don't know how she will pay her rent etc. Hopefully she is able to get new work quickly.

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    Does she have kids? There is an amount per child for anyone receing FTB Part A.

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    Nope, no children. I looked on the Centrelink Website, the absolute most she can get is $120 p/f in rent assistance, but if she share's her house, it drops to $80 p/f. But still even if she get the $120 p/f and doesn't share she will get about $600, but still be paying out $420 f/n in rent. The cost of food, fuel, electricity, medicines if you get sick, all that can cost more than $180 a f/n

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    It is a pittance I'm a firm believer that everyone should be paid the same and have been saying this for years. I was unemployed for a long time about 15 years ago when the cost of living was not so high and I struggled to the point of making myself ill. At some point something has to give but how long do we wait!!!

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    I feel for her I'm on Newstart as my child is 8 but I get a little extra with the FTB's (not much mind you).

    I was on Newstart 10 years ago and after rent had $30 a week left. It was rough. She needs to be able to eat so as demoralising as it is, get her to contact one of the big charities as they can help with food.

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    They really need to increase Rent Assistance. When interest rates went up rents skyrocketed. Now that they've dropped rents are still up. What pays for a one bedroom now in a questionable locale, I used to pay for a 4 bedroom in a good area. Yet assistance has barely moved.


 

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