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‘I’ve got $50 a week to live on’: welfare recipients struggle with cost of living as lockdowns drag on

There are growing calls to help more than 800,000 people currently left out of income support measures

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Welfare recipients under stay-at-home orders and barred from additional Covid support – in total more than 80% of those on working-age Centrelink payments – say they are struggling with the extra costs of living under lockdown.

As part of a push to offer extra income support to the more than 800,000 people currently left out, the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) surveyed welfare recipients currently living under stay-at-home orders in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

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