Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is calling on the federal government to stop cuts that are affecting Australians living in poverty. In a joint statement, they have expressed support for the need for a social safety net and have launched a petition calling for an end to cuts and drawing attention to other measures affecting the poorest in society.

ACOSS has pointed to nine cuts to income support payments that are currently before parliament:

  • Removing deemed claim provisions for people accessing income support, effectively cutting payments for people experiencing disadvantage
  • Doubling the Liquid Assets Waiting Period making some people wait 6 months before accessing an income support payment, affecting 13,800 people
  • Cutting the Bereavement Allowance by $1,300
  • Tightening compliance rules for people seeking work, which will cut social security payments for 83,000 people
  • Cutting the Energy Supplement, affecting 1.7 million people receiving income support payments
  • Cutting the Pensioner Education Supplement affecting 39,700 people, including single parents, Disability Support Pensioners and Carers
  • Cutting the Education Entry Payment, affecting 56,100 people
  • Denying some migrants a pension for up to 15 years, affecting 2,300 people
  • Cutting the GST Supplement for pensioners who spend more than six weeks overseas drawn attention to

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