Starting on Saturday, Senator Rachel Siewert will live on only $17 a day, the same as if she was getting unemployment benefits.
We all know people who are struggling, however the newstart system presently in place guarantees those looking for work a less than poor start. With high rents, electricity and food costs the average unemployed person has to choose whether to eat, keep warm or buy underwear let alone purchase any medicines they may require. Right here in Liverpool, there are some who are forced to live on the streets in order to bare some of those other costs.
I am personally horrified that in this our lucky country we allow this to happen. I am equally horrified that this is only the tip of an iceberg when we consider our elderly and lesserabled…. we need to wake up and take care of our own, help them get work and in the meantime help them live with dignity.
Congrats Rachel on your initiative…