A new survey has revealed many Newstart recipients are sacrificing food and utilities to survive on $40 a day.It comes as pressure increases on the government to raise the rate of the unemployment benefit.
Research from the Australian Council of Social Service [ACOSS] has found the majority of Newstart recipients are going hungry in order to survive on $40 a day.
ACOSS heard from 465 Newstart recipients and 24 on Youth Allowance.
Eighty four per cent of respondents said they skip meals to save money, with 44 per cent skipping at least five meals a week.
Twelve per cent said they miss eight meals or more.