17 councils call on govt to reverse SRSS cuts

Victorian councillors condemn federal cuts to asylum seeker payments

Helen Davidson – The Guardian – 31 July 2018

Members of 17 councils call on Turnbull government to reverse cuts affecting asylum seekers on bridging visas

Mayors and councillors from 17 Victorian councils have called on the federal government to reverse its cuts to support payments for asylum seekers here on bridging visas.

At a meeting in Dandenong on Tuesday councillors drafted a joint resolution condemning the cuts, which charity groups say will potentially force thousands into destitution.

Over 4,000 children nationally could be affected by the changes and we call upon the Australian government to adhere to its national and international obligations in accordance with the charter of human rights.

We want the Australian government to reverse the recent assessment changes to the status resolution support services (SRSS) program and provide adequate income and case management support for people seeking asylum while they seek sustainable employment.”

The statement must now be endorsed by the individual councils, which is expected to take some weeks, before being delivered to the federal government.

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