Topics:  janelle saffin, justine elliot, lismore city council

Lismore council to lobby MPs over pension cuts

Lismore City Council Chambers.
Lismore City Council Chambers.

LISMORE City Council has voted to raise its concerns over cuts to single-parent's welfare payments with local MPs Janelle Saffin and Justine Elliott.

In introducing the motion, Cr Battista noted that 21% of families in the Lismore LGA are single-parented, versus the national average of 16%.

The cuts are expected to save the Federal government $728 million over four years but will cost single parents up to $223 a fortnight.

Cr Battista said the cuts would have a major impact on the Lismore area. Cr Clough noted that single-parents were the 'life-blood' of the community.

Cr Ritchie noted that Ms Saffin had already spoken against the decision in Parliament.



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