Government changes position on social housing rents

Minister Goward has announced that the NSW Government, from March 2013, will count the Carbon Tax Compensation Payment for the purposes of calculating public housing rents.  This is different to past practice, where supplements such as this have not been counted for this purpose.  This announcement is also contrary to advice provided by the Department at one of its Budget briefings on Tuesday.  NCOSS is concerned that this announcement will have substantial impact on low income public housing tenants but will not address the major issue of a lack of investment in social housing.  NCOSS will be seeking to clarify with Government this change in policy and practice and whether or not other solutions might be preferable.