Diane lives with her three boys in public housing. As well as raising her children she works tirelessly as a volunteer in her community, helping the homeless and the disadvantaged. She is also studying at TAFE to become a community development worker. Money has always been tight for this family, but being pushed onto Newstart in January 2013 has plunged them even deeper into poverty. Diane is still studying as she is confident this will lead her to sound employment in the future, but she’s had to make some tough choices – including pulling her son who has cystic fibrosis out of much needed swimming classes.