“When people with low incomes and wealth are left behind, they struggle to reach a socially acceptable standard and to participate in society. This causes divisions in our society,” Professor SaundersRead More
‘ACCC says consumers face a confusing and unfair market. Discounts are misleading and need to be made fairer; customers should be able to compare these against a benchmark rate’Read More
“The notion of people starving in Australia was pretty foreign to me until it happened to me”
the number of people on welfare is in decline and while there is an increase in the carers and aged pension cohort it is less than previously expected.'Read More
'New figures confirm that inequality has risen in Australia in recent decades, mainly fuelled by gains among the highest earners'.
University of New South Wales finds that ‘Newstart Allowance does not provide an adequate safety net for the unemployed, whatever their family status.'Read More
While the mature-age unemployment rate is low compared to youth unemployment, older people are more likely to remain unemployed. The low rate of Newstart Allowance means they are doing it tough.
“It’s clear, the figures show there remains a need for more investment in affordable housing for vulnerable groups in society.'
'Social workers and recipients found many payments were “too low to achieve a minimum standard of living'.
‘One quarter of people on Newstart have partial capacity to work, since successive governments have tightened access to the pension’Read More
New polling has suggested more than two-thirds of Australians support raising Newstart, with community groups and political advocates putting pressure on the major parties to support lifting the payment.
92% of respondents supported the statement “In Australia, no one should go without basic essentials like food, healthcare, transport and power.”Read More
‘the combination of very low rates of Newstart - as little as $38.98 a day for a single unemployed person - and rising rents for even modest accommodation, is proving unbearable. The consequence is that people are being pushed into homelessness."Read More
The 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS), a survey of 1,267 people who call on Salvation Army services, has found the average Newstart recipient is living on just $17.00 a day after accommodation expenses*.
‘It’s a constant stress … how do you have the sanity to walk into a job interview and be positive when you’re constantly thinking, ‘Tonight, where am I staying?’Read More
New report by the Salvation Army has found people on the dole are now forced to live on an average of $17 a day.Read More
'The fact that so few people on government support can afford decent housing suggests that the problem might not be a housing one, but a welfare one.'Read More
'More older Australians are without a home than ever before, while nearly 615,000 people now live below the poverty line.'Read More
'Housing costs alone are responsible for pushing a further 229,000 Australian children below the poverty line, a new analysis shows.'Read More