'$2 Newstart increase won't help with cost of living, unemployed say'

‘The federal government says a $2 boost per week to Newstart allowance will help unemployed Australians keep up with increases in their living costs, but people on the payment say the increase is laughable.

Welfare payments such as Newstart, Youth allowance and the pension increase twice a year through indexation – but are pegged to different rates. On Thursday, the base rate of Newstart will rise by $2.20 – or about 30c a day – to $275.10 a week.’

Luke Henriques-Gomes reports for The Guardian Australia

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