Letter to the Editor: Support locals doing it tough


This year has been one of the toughest in our lifetime. From unprecedented bushfires, massive job losses and a global pandemic, people are wondering when the tide will turn.

To make matters worse, the government’s decision to reduce the rate of JobSeeker by $300 per fortnight has many facing the prospect of falling into poverty.

At Vinnies, we have seen first-hand the difference the increased JobSeeker payment has made during this uncertain time. For people who have been forced to skip meals and are unable to see a doctor, they have been able to improve their quality of life and plan beyond one day at a time.

Following the government’s latest decision, we are seeing people forced back into the dire position of having to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table.

This week marks Anti-Poverty Week (11 to 17 October), an annual opportunity to call on all levels of government to work together to ensure that no one is forced to live in poverty.

Vinnies continues to call on the government to permanently raise the rate.

Locally, we continue to work to raise funds to assist people doing it tough. You can play your part by donating to the NSW Vinnies Community Sleepout, which will be held on Friday 23 October in Maitland.

The money raised will go towards supporting local Vinnies services and programs, which assist people in need with food, financial aid, crisis accommodation, and other services.

Make a difference this Anti-Poverty Week. Please donate to the NSW Vinnies Community Sleepout.

Jenny Barrie,

Vinnies Fundraising Coordinator

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