The Australian Government’s decision to cut the JobSeeker payment and not guarantee its long-term future will hurt those struggling to find work and the broader economy, according to the NSW Council of Social Service.
The NSW Council of Social Service is urging the Australian Government to permanently raise the rate of the JobSeeker payment.
The call comes as part of a National Day of Action today to demonstrate why JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other income support payments must not be reduced to their pre-COVID rates.
Friday, 3 July 2020
Community services providing vital supports to vulnerable people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and bushfire crisis are now at risk because of NSW Government funding shortfalls.
The NSW Government should look no further for a list of 3,157 shovel-ready projects to stimulate the economy and protect the most vulnerable.
With 3,157 applications on the priority waiting list for social housing in Sydney alone, NCOSS is urging the NSW Government build up to 5,000 new social and affordable housing units in the next 12 months.
Regional communities stand to benefit from an increase in social and affordable housing construction and maintenance, according to new modelling commissioned by NCOSS.
NSW Council of Social Service CEO Joanna Quilty said today’s renovation announcement from the Federal Government falls well short of what is needed to protect tradie jobs and support our most vulnerable.
The NSW Council for Social Service, Wesley Mission and the Alliance for Gambling Reform have come together to express deep concern for a potential tsunami of gambling harm and other public health issues as NSW gambling rooms reopen today.
New economic modelling has highlighted the severe economic shock expected from COVID-19, while also revealing the social and economic benefits from a social and affordable housing-led recovery.The forecast drop in international migration will translate to reduced demand for housing of 38,500 units over 2020 and 2021.
Peak housing and social services bodies are urging the NSW Government to roll out a social and affordable housing boom across the state to support vulnerable people and stimulate the economy in response to COVID-19.
The push comes as research from the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) shows housing to be the devouring monster of family budgets for low and middle-income earners.
New research from NCOSS has revealed that NSW residents were already struggling with the cost of living before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.