Critical cancer patient designated to Newstart Allowance angers public online
Social media was in outrage at the news of Robert, a single father and cancer patient in critical condition, being denied the Disability Support Pension (DSP)and instead put on Newstart Allowance. Newstart requires recipients to report in person every 2 weeks and apply for a minimum of 20 jobs a month – requirements Richard is too unwell to meet.
Share the Pie views this as an example of a social security system that is broken and unable to support our most vulnerable when they need it.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise funds for Robert and his family as his Newstart Allowance payment has ceased.
Read more about Richard's story via Pro Bono News: Man Battling Cancer and Centrelink Raises Social Media Storm
‘Despite Robert’s condition, Centrelink denied his Disability Support Pension application—thus deeming him well enough to complete the Newstart Allowance requirements—that is, to report every two weeks, and apply for at least 20 jobs a month.’ https://t.co/tjg5Qm5P6I— Brotherhood info (@Brotherhoodinfo) July 4, 2018