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.

Topics:  janelle saffin, justine elliot, lismore city council

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