Today Jenny Elvey, BFFS General Manager, was today quoted in the Bendigo Advertiser, voicing concern about a return to the base rate Jobseeker payment in March 2021. Jenny’s sentiments were echoed by other community service organisations.

“A lot of people are falling through the cracks and for those on JobSeeker payments, the thought of going back to the base rate in a few months creates anxiety,” Ms Elvey said.

“The supplement helped people survive when the pandemic led to increased costs including food and electricity from more family members being at home all day.”

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