It therefore calls on the Federal Government immediately to:
(i) introduce locally organised Federal-funded work experience and job creation programmes for unemployed
(ii) immediately raise the adult base rate of unemployment benefit from $53.45 to $66.65 per week;
(iii) raise the under-eighteen unemployment benefit rate from $36.00 to $44.10 per week with an additional
$20.00 accommodation allowance for persons of all ages having to support themselves independently.
(iv) Restore and reconstitute a form of Community Youth Support Scheme which was terminated in the 1981/2
It also calls on the community as a whole, and governments, employers and trade unionists in particular; to accept that unemployment will not disappear unless there is a genuine attempt to address the underlying causes of unemployment which include:
(i) the increasing percentage of the population entering the paid workforce;
(ii) the increase in part-time employment at the expense of full-time work;
(iii) the lack in some school-leavers of certain skills to a degree sufficient to ensure them paid employment; and
(iv) the undirected impact of technological change.
It calls on all General Synod representatives to promote these and allied matters at parish and diocesan levels.
(Canon P.J. Hollingworth, 26.8.81)