Calls to raise unemployed allowance

ALMOST 4000 people in the Bass Coast Shire are living in poverty, including most unemployed people.
The alarming figures come as there are calls from advocacy groups to increase government unemployed allowances, including Newstart – the main income support payment for Australians who are unemployed and looking for work.
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) estimates 3900 people are living in poverty in the shire.
The poverty line is around $400 a week.
And Newstart is about $280 per week, but the exact figure depends on your circumstances.
But it’s not enough, according to the Wonthaggi branch of the Unemployed Workers Union.

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