In Australia, hundreds of people awaiting for welfare which they were supposed to have already received this past Monday as their first temporary coronavirus supplement, were left dumbfounded after the recent announcement that the payment won’t actually start until their next reporting period.
To be exact, it’s a payment increase mandated by the Australian Federal Government after announcing that recipients on the AusStudy and JobSeeker payments would receive a total of $550 in addition to their current payment every fortnight for up to six months starting on April 27th. However, many welfare recipients did not receive the payment increase which was promised.
Apparently there was a play on words for this as the payment amount would only start “from April 27” rather than on that actual date. A payment increase done for the first time in 25 years was not clarified and as a result, the Australian people were furious as to why they did not clearly define such statements as they were actually very much needing it as soon as possible due to the economic crisis brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. To answer these concerns, their government has given a strict “No Disadvantage” rule to everyone who properly reported for this period.
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