To: Greg Hunt MP; Alan Tudge MP

Increase Newstart benefits for Chronic Illness

Increase Newstart benefits for Chronic Illness

Dear Mr Hunt and Mr Tudge,

Could you live on $270 a week if you become chronically ill? No? Neither can most people. When somebody becomes chronically ill, they stand to lose everything they have, so not only do they then have to grapple with losing the vibrant person they once were, they now stand to lose their home, their pets, a car and their ability to pay for medications and other basic necessities.

People who lose their lifestyle to chronic illness already have to accept that there will be a major downsizing of one's life, however, the current sickness allowance puts people in the unfortunate position where it is not enough to survive on while they attempt to recover. It puts them in a situation where they not only lose everything they now live in poverty, with very little chance of recovery without money to rebuild their lives in a healthy way, The current Newstart rate with a medical certificate means sufferers become consumed with the fear and worry of putting food on the table and finding a place to live rather than being able to focus on getting the help they need to heal and rebuild.

The DSP has become impossible to be accepted for and there is a whole subgroup that falls into the category of too sick to work but only just marginally well enough to not qualify the DSP. Please take a minute to read my article 'The hidden predicament of too sick to work, too undiagnosable to get any assistance'. (or not diagnosably sick enough).

https://newshoots.com.au/2017/09/12/the-hidden-predicament-of-too-sick-to-work-too-undiagnosable-to-get-any-assistance/

There needs to be a payment for chronic illness that prevents a person working, but may not necessarily be permanent.

It's a false economy to not decently support chronically ill people, since the sickness benefit is so low it actually perpetuates a cycle of poverty, stress and excessive loss of basic human needs, exacerbating a persons ability to heal and recover, which then compounds their illness and leads, to a permanent disability long term.

Why is this important?

It's a false economy to not decently support chronically ill people, since the sickness benefit is so low it actually perpetuates a cycle of poverty, stress and excessive loss of basic human needs, exacerbating a persons ability to heal and recover, which then compounds their illness and leads, to a permanent disability long term.


Reasons for signing

  • A person with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) could not possibly live on $270 per week and pay for medical expenses. No chance.
  • I suffer a number of chronic conditions that have left me housebound and alone. Trying for the DSP. Cost of living increases due to having to buy frozen meals and necessary equipment to make life that little bit more comfortable.
  • Anyone can fall sick. Those with chronic illness have the chance to return to work and work productively and pay tax for the rest of their life, if they can recover. That chance can easily be taken away while their health is vulnerable. They must be able to find healthy accommodation, buy healthy food, and seek medical treatment. This is not possible on the current Sickness Allowance.

Updates

2017-12-21 19:07:06 +1100

100 signatures reached

2017-12-21 14:17:25 +1100

50 signatures reached

2017-12-21 12:43:42 +1100

25 signatures reached

2017-12-21 11:40:42 +1100

10 signatures reached