People on unemployment benefits will receive an additional $ 25 per week due to changes to JobSeeker starting in April, but overall will receive less money due to the end of the coronavirus supplement

And the government will demand more from beneficiaries, including more job searches per month and in-person appointments with employment services

This increase will bring JobSeeker allocation to $ 307 per week and cost around $ 9 billion compared to forecast

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the increase “appropriate” as Australia recovers from the pandemic and returns to a “more normal” environment

“We are now going back to a normal safety net arrangement as part of this standardization process, but we are ensuring that it is established on a basis that we think is appropriate in the future,” he said. -he declares

He said the payment was now 41 percent of the minimum wage, the same level as under the Howard government

JobSeeker’s payment has fallen further below relative poverty lines over the past two decades, including rapidly during a period under Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd

Government temporarily increased pay during COVID-19 crisis, but this supplement is expected to end in a month

Labor, Greens and a broad coalition of business and welfare groups have long been calling for a permanent boost, saying wages have not risen in real terms for more than 20 years

“We need a fair and sustainable system for the people who need it and the taxpayers who pay for it”

In addition to the increase in payments, the plan includes an increase in the threshold before benefits start to decrease

However, beneficiaries will now face additional “mutual obligations” including additional job searches, face-to-face appointments with employment services, intensive training after six months of social benefits and more paperwork for some beneficiaries

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says government will ‘do anything’ to move people from welfare to work

“It’s about acknowledging that if I’m on welfare, I have an obligation to do whatever I can to find a job,” she said.

JobSeeker’s rise follows removal of coronavirus supplement – top-up payment for over 1 million welfare recipients

This amount has increased from 125 USD per week to 75 USD per week on January 1 and will disappear entirely on March 31

On Tuesday morning, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the current rate – before the planned increase – was not enough to live on

“It is important that there is a permanent increase, and that this is done urgently to give people certainty,” he said

He declined to name the amount of the hike Labor would support, saying only he would respond to the government’s announcement

“We do not have the possibility to change the figure today, neither next week nor next month,” he said

“What we need to do is think about what our approach would be as an alternative government”

“It’s a complete and absolute joke he makes fun of the government by saying that it cares about those who do things hard in this country”

Australian Council of Social Services chief executive Cassandra Goldie said the increase represented a reduction after taking into account the withdrawal of the coronavirus supplement, and that it would represent a “devastating decision”

“People tried to explain to the government the reality of their lives there to try to keep a roof over your head, to feed you,” she said.

“The last thing we need is for the government to turn its back on the people at such a crucial stage”

“I am very proud that Australia, after a quarter of a century on both sides of government during this time, [is] finally [doing something about our greatest failure as a nation, especially during a pandemic

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