July 2018 | Victorian councillors condemn federal cuts to asylum seeker payments

Date: 31 July 2018

Source: The Guardian

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.

Last year the federal government announced an end to status resolution support services (SRSS) for several thousand asylum seekers on bridging visas, which began taking effect last month.