The unemployment benefit will be permanently lifted by $25 a week when the emergency coronavirus supplement is pulled in March.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Tuesday means the base rate for JobSeeker will rise modestly to $615 a fortnight – or $43 a day – from April 1.
The government had been under pressure to increase the rate of JobSeeker before the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic hit increased the number of people receiving the payment. As part of emergency economic measures, a COVID-19 supplement of $500 a fortnight was announced for people receiving the payment, which was reduced in September and again at the start of January
Labor won’t stand in the way of the increase, and has still avoided committing to a figure it…