Dave Matthews has had to cut back on grocery shopping to cope with rising costs of living.
- Low-income earners and discount cardholders started getting paid for living expenses in SA
- $449 for homeowners and $224.60 for renters.
- 2-time payment is limited to 1 time
But the South Australian government’s one-off double cost of living should provide some relief to low-income earners and pensioners like Matthews.
Public housing tenants were one of every four households in South Australia to start receiving payments of up to $449 to ease cost-of-living pressures.
“It’s nice to have a little buffer zone,” Matthews said. put the money in the bank,” he said.
Kate Fox, executive director of the Financial Counselors Association of South Australia, said the pressure on living costs and rising housing costs have led more people to turn to financial counselors for advice.
“The problem is not resolved,” Fox said.
“We always need more help for people, one-time financial support is very important, but we need continuous support for people.”
Fox said raising the rate of benefits for job seekers and payouts to the lowest earners would make a “huge difference.”
Under the concession scheme, home owners and residents will receive $449 and renters will receive $224.60 per household.
Adelaide pensioner Lyndall Johnson wrote to the government in July after failing to make it through her biweekly payments.
Social Welfare Minister Nat Cook said the government was delivering on an election promise to double the cost of living concessions.
“Over the past few years, the burden of living costs has increased across Australia, escalating to the point where people struggle to achieve all kinds of goals beyond just putting food on the table. It’s a connection,” she said.
“This is the largest single concession payment ever delivered to the pockets of South Australians in history.
“We put over $78 million in our bank accounts [of South Australians] All this week they’ve been getting paid so they can avoid making horrible decisions and choices that no one should make. “