Many Newstart recipients are on brink of homelessness, Council of Homeless Persons warns, and loss of $4.40 payment leaves less than $24/day to live on

The Coalition’s plan to cut the $4.40/week energy supplement could push thousands of Newstart recipients who are already on the brink of homelessness into poverty, according to the Council of Homeless Persons.

Kate Colvin, the council’s acting chief executive, warns the $4.40 a week payment may not sound like much but if it is abolished it will leave thousands of Newstart recipients with less than $24 a day to live on.

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