In terms of the impact of financial and cost of living pressures, respondents in receipt of the Newstart Allowance are generally feeling the brunt of limited economic resources more than the general cohort or those on DSP as evidence in Chart 17 (page 21). Over 50 per cent of individuals in receipt of the Newstart Allowance were doing without meals (56%), and 63 per cent have had to cut down on basic necessities. Fifty-four per cent have asked family and/or friends for financial assistance or have sought assistance from community based services (61%). These numbers are higher than those of general survey cohort or DSP recipients (Chart 17).
As a significant proportion of Newstart allowance were in private rental (44%, Chart 16), it is not surprising that a higher proportion of this cohort have had to delay rent payment (34%) due to lower income support payment compared to 28 per cent of the general cohort (Chart 17).