The boost to JobSeeker payments announced today (February 23) by the federal government bolsters obligations imposed on its recipients and is not without its critics, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
THE base level of JobSeeker and related payments will increase by $50 a fortnight from April 1 under changes that will also toughen the obligations on people seeking work.
The boost will take the payment to $307 a week. It will go to 1.95 million people, including those on parenting payments, Austudy and Youth Allowance.
But those on unemployment and related payments will be worse off than they are now, because they will lose the temporary coronavirus supplement, which is currently worth…