Aust: Jobseeker to be raised by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus supplement scrapped
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Government ministers have agreed to permanently lift the base rate of the jobseeker payment by $50 a fortnight when the coronavirus supplement ends next month.

It’s expected the government will outline the future of the unemployment benefit as soon as Tuesday but Guardian Australia has been told ministers on Friday agreed to a permanent boost to the base rate of jobseeker.

While other potential reforms to welfare payments are still being considered, it’s understood the expenditure review committee has agreed to the $50 a fortnight base rate increase, equivalent to about $3.50-a-day.

That means those receiving the benefit will get $615.70 a fortnight, which is still a drop from the current rate of $715 a fortnight, when the $150 coronavirus supplement expires at the end of March.

Welfare groups reacted angrily to the planned increase, after it was revealed by Guardian Australia on Tuesday. The Australian Council of Social Service said any reduction in payments after March would lack “human decency”, while the Australian Unemployed Workers Union described the $50-a-fortnight increase as a “cruel joke”.

The permanent $50 increase will begin on 1 April and will be applied to jobseeker, youth allowance, Austudy, Abstudy and parenting payments. It is expected to cost about $9bn over four years.

Before the pandemic, the base rate of jobseeker for a single person was $565 a fortnight, or about $40 a day.

It’s understood other possible changes – including potentially winding back more generous pandemic-era means testing and income thresholds – that could accompany the increase to benefits have not yet been finalised. Such changes could ultimately alter the net dollar benefit to recipients.

The office of the social services minister, Anne Ruston, would not comment.

Cabinet met on Monday night before the increase is expected to be put to the Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/202...t-scrapped
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no more support for jobless workers already by end March.
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