John Gass

Kevin Rudd calls for increase to Newstart allowance

FORMER Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken to television to ask his Labor Caucus colleagues to "have a heart" and increase the Newstart Allowance.

Mr Rudd told ABC TV on Friday that it would be very hard to make ends meet on the $38-a-day Newstart Allowance, a week after Families Minister Jenny Macklin said she could.

While he said he had not spoken to a single member of the Labor caucus in recent weeks, Mr Rudd said the "non-deliverability of the budget surplus" provided a chance to improve basic social services.

"We're a Labor Party we're a Labor Government - we've got a responsibility for people who are doing it tough, for people who need a bit of a hand up."

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