This 12 months the federal government lastly recognised, because of a well being disaster, that the cash it offers the unemployed isn’t sufficient to reside on and elevated their advantages. You’ll suppose I’d be grateful, however within the uncertainty of the continued rollbacks to JobSeeker funds since then, I’m something however.
It could be straightforward to think about me churlish and even entitled. I used to be in spite of everything, supplied with funds I in any other case wouldn’t have. However for so long as I can bear in mind the raises to unemployment advantages have lagged behind the raises that different authorities funds get, such because the pension, despite a jobseeker needing more money to live, having extra bills, and having to fulfill the mutual obligations required of the fee. So, forgive my lack of enthusiasm.
I have been unemployed on and off for the previous decade. I’ve needed to watch as the price of residing for the unemployed has time and again outpaced meagre will increase to their advantages. I’ve watched as two-minute noodles grew to become the costly meals choice, as Weet-Bix grew to become a luxurious merchandise, as the straightforward act of normal hair washing grew to become a monetary burden.
However this 12 months was the worst of all. As a result of with the coronavirus complement I bought to see what life might be like if I didn’t have to fret daily about what I ought to eat, or if I might even eat in any respect. I bought to see what life might be like if I might purchase common hygiene merchandise, ones that really take care of my physique somewhat than simply fake.