17 June 2014
In a budget that sets out another record for infrastructure spending, bricks and mortar to house low income people again misses out according to the Council of Social Service of NSW.
NCOSS CEO Alison Peters said with a substantial waiting list for social housing, less than 2.5% of the proposed capital works outlined is for new stock in an already stretched system.
"It's been pleasing to see expected spending across a range of programs that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people reflected in the Budget," Ms Peters said.
"However, the biggest issue affecting many people our members work with is access to affordable housing. This is an essential foundation for vulnerable people and the support they need to break cycles of disadvantage works best when their housing is affordable and secure."
"We’ve been calling on the Government to look at how, together with the Commonwealth and the private and community sector we can address this gap."
"We acknowledge the Government's ongoing commitment to programs and services that support those who need it most."
"We would like to see increasing investment in prevention and early intervention programs in future years and look forward to further discussions about how this can be achieved."
Media contact: Alison Peters, CEO Mob: 0425 231 814