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SA suburbs hit hardest by JobSeeker cuts

Residents in Adelaide’s northern suburbs are set to lose $300 a fortnight under changes to the federal government’s coronavirus support. Salisbury, Davoren Park, Enfield and Blair Athol are expected to be among suburbs hardest hit as they have the most JobSeeker recipients in the state.As of August 28, more than 2250 people in Salisbury were…

Residents in Adelaide’s northern suburbs are set to lose $300 a fortnight under changes to the federal government’s coronavirus support.

Salisbury, Davoren Park, Enfield and Blair Athol are expected to be among suburbs hardest hit as they have the most JobSeeker recipients in the state.

As of August 28, more than 2250 people in Salisbury were receiving the $1100 fortnightly payment.

That’s followed by 2118 recipients in Enfield-Blair Athol and 2109 in Davoren Park.

People receiving JobSeeker are eligible for the fortnightly coronavirus supplement, which has been extended until December 31.

However from September 25, the $550 supplement will be reduced to $250 a fortnight.

This means the total payment will be cut from $1100 a fortnight to about $800.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week defended the government’s decision to reduce payments saying the government had stepped in to support all Australians every day of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Commonwealth Government has been stepping up each and every day over this COVID-19 pandemic not just to support Victorians, but all Australians,” he said.

But Labor has called for the government not to reduce the rate, saying it would reduce the amount of money in the already struggling economy.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the payment rates should not be cut until the unemployment rate stops rising but he would not commit to a figure.

Treasury estimates the nation’s effective unemployment, which includes people on zero hours, is set to rise from 11.2 per cent in July to 13 per cent by the end of the year.

Australian Council of Social Services chief executive officer Dr Cassandra Goldie said instead of cutting $300 per fortnight from millions of people’s already sparse incomes, an adequate JobSeeker rate needed to be installed.

Opposition social services spokeswoman Linda Burney has also warned against cutting the coronavirus supplement, with JobKeeper support set to continue into March next year.

TOP 10 SA JOBSEEKER SUBURBS AS OF AUGUST 28

1. Salisbury: 2253

2. Enfield-Blair Athol: 2118

3. Davoren Park: 2109

4. The Parks: 1868

5. Salisbury North: 1864

6. Smithfield-Elizabeth North: 1857

7. Elizabeth: 1841

8. Paralowie: 1605

9. Parafield Gardens: 1580

10. Northgate-Oakden-Gilles Plains: 1574.

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