Aimee’s update – 3 July 2020

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In this week’s video update, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh talks about the need to #RaisetheRateforGood, and our relaunch of the Community Door website featuring a fresh new look and all new resources.

Visit the new Community Door here.

You can read our media release here on the need to maintain JobSeeker, featuring our analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data showing $41 million will be ripped out of the Queensland economy each week if coronavirus stimulus measures abruptly end in September.


Transcript

With unemployment rates on the rise, we need to think about what kind of country we want to live in and how we can support each other during these uncertain times.

QCOSS and the COSS network have long been advocating for a permanent increase to income support payments to lift people out of poverty.

It’s been encouraging to see the federal government finally acknowledge that the pre-pandemic rate of JobSeeker was inadequate, with speculation this week they’re considering a permanent increase.

The coronavirus supplement has meant that people who use income support are finally living above the poverty line and are able to afford life’s necessities, like fresh food and a safe place to live.

ACOSS surveyed nearly a thousand people to assess the impact of the new JobSeeker rate. The results were overwhelming, with 94 per cent saying removing the supplement would have a significant impact on their ability to cover the essential costs.

We can’t go back to the brutality of asking people to survive on $40 a day.

Our own analysis at QCOSS of Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that removing the coronavirus supplement will rip $41 million out of the Queensland economy each week.

As part of our plan for recovery for all Queenslanders, we’re calling for a decent increase to the rate of JobSeeker, and other income support payments to ensure that all Queenslanders can afford the basics and have a good life.

This advocacy is just one aspect of our vision for equality, opportunity and wellbeing for all Queenslanders – another is making sure services in every community have access to the information and resources they need to help.

That’s why I’m excited to announce that Community Door has relaunched this week with a brand-new look, new resources, and an enhanced search function, making it even easier to find what you need.

It’s live right now – so visit the Community Door website to stay up to date.

Until next week, take care.