An overview of ACOSS' submission ACOSS recommended that a $2 billion financial relief package be implemented as soon as possible after the 2009 Federal Budget for those social security recipients (including pensioners and those on other payments) who have been most affected by recent increases in the costs of basic essentials. Social security payments are inadequate Social security payments are inadequate to meet basic living costs: * The maximum single rate of pension is just $281 per week. * The maximum level of Newstart Allowance is just $225 per week. * A sole parent with two school age children has to get by on $477 per week. * The maximum level of Rent Assistance for a single low income tenants is $55 per week ($65 for families with one or two children), which is a small fraction of the escalating rent levels across most parts of Australia.