The latest communication from the Consumer Action Law Centre.
The past few months have been hard – for all of us. For many, things have been made even more difficult with the loss of work.
At Consumer Action, we continue to hear from people anxious about how they’re going to cover their bills in the months ahead. It’s important their experiences are heard by those who need to listen to them most.
Today, we’re launching an online form so people can share their experience of financial hardship due to the Covid-19 emergency. We want to know how severe and widespread the impact has been, so we can ensure government and industry knows too.
Can you help by sharing this form with people who might be experiencing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 emergency?
While restrictions are slowly easing around the country, our fear is that the worst is yet to come for people experiencing financial stress. As governments and industry start winding back relief measures, we can expect a sharp rise in demand for financial counsellors and legal assistance.
Already, some parliamentarians are calling for the JobKeeper program to end sooner than anticipated.1And despite the overwhelming evidence showing people struggled to get by on Newstart, the Government still intends to drop JobSeeker support payments back to their previous rate.2
We need to demonstrate just how vital Government support and hardship relief measures are for people impacted by this crisis. Can you please share the form with anyone who might be financially affected by the Covid-19 emergency?
Responses to the form will provide an insight into the issues people are experiencing, help us to gauge the effectiveness of government and industry responses to financial hardship, and inform other measures that might be needed to keep people connected to essential services.
Please feel free to reply to me by email if you have any questions.
Campaigns & Advocacy Adviser, Consumer Action Law Centre
 JobKeeper: Liberal MPs want scheme to end when kids return to school, News[dot]com.au, 12 May 2020
 Liberal MPs push for ways out of JobKeeper and JobSeeker schemes, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2020
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