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Covid-19: Hardship support a ‘pittance’ that won’t help families in poverty, charities say

October 24, 2021

Charities have slammed the government’s long-awaited lockdown hardship package as “disappointing”, saying it won’t help those most in need.

On Friday, the government announced a $9.6 million package that will make it easier for low-income workers to get help for food and other emergency costs.

Susan St John from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called the one-off payments, some of which will be repayable, a “drop in the bucket”.

“It’s forcing families to go through a bureaucratic process to get this miserable amount of money – and they think that’s dealing with a problem that’s been compounding for months.”

Excerpt from Stuff

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