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NSW Anti-Poverty Week 2020

The Federal Budget missed a key opportunity to tackle homelessness and stimulate jobs in the construction industry by investing in social and affordable housing. The NSW Budget will he handed down on 17 November, it is crucial that the NSW Government tackle the issues that the Federal Budget didn’t.

Raise the Rate for Good

Those hit hardest by the recession that are living without paid employment will see no benefit from the Federal Government’s tax cuts. We need to Raise the Rate for Good so that everyone has enough to cover the basics of life, like a roof over their head and food on the table.

Investing in Social Housing is Both the Right and Smart Thing to Do

Now is the time to invest in social housing – both to relieve pressure on those living in housing stress and to help stimulate the economy, especially given worse affordability for those renting at the lower end of the market.

1 in 6 Children in Australia Live in Poverty

In Australia, there are more than 3.24 million people or 13.6% of the population living below the poverty line. That includes 774,000 children or more than 1 in 6.

The Coronavirus Supplement Lifted People Out of Poverty

The number of people in poverty is expected to increase by 740,000 as a result of the reduction in the Coronavirus Supplement in September 2020. By December 2020, the reductions in income supports announced in July will increase poverty by one third to 3.5 million people.

Increasing Number of Households are Struggling to Pay Their Utility Bills

Smart economic stimulus generate jobs while addressing much needed social and affordable housing and energy efficiency upgrades for low income households to reduce the cost of energy bills and climate emissions.

Young People Have Been Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted young people, both in the immediate and long term. Young people’s concerns, ideas and solutions are included in conversations with those making the big decisions.

COVID-19 Impact on Social Isolation

Investment in community services is vital to building strong and inclusive communities.