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?