Neighbourhood Centres play a vital role in communities throughout NSW and ahead of the next State Election two peak bodies are fighting to give them the recognition they need to continue providing local services to local people.
Candidates in the Northern Rivers will give voters the opportunity to know how they will address the issue of housing and homelessness in the region, in an upcoming pre-election forum.
The forum is being supported by Homelessness NSW and NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS).
NEW POLL: REGIONAL NSW WANTS ACTION ON HEALTH CARE AND SAYS NOT ENOUGH BEING DONE ON KEY SOCIAL ISSUES
NSW’s peak social services body, NCOSS has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to improve access to vital mental health and wellbeing support in NSW public high schools.
People can’t live in a stadium; they would prefer plans to drive down electricity costs rather than new tollways that drive up the cost-of-living; and new train lines can’t connect them to services like mental health support if those services don’t exist.
Reports of soaring out-of-pocket costs for General Practitioner (GP) consultations across Sydney highlight the real barriers that exist for those on low incomes needing treatment for mental health issues.
According to analysis of GP charges by Mind the Gap, GPs are charging patients up to $120 for a standard consultation.
The NSW government’s $90 million commitment to arrest the state’s alarming rate of suicide has been welcomed by the state’s peak social services body.
The New South Wales Council for Social Service has vowed to continue the fight to scrap no-ground evictions after an amendment to make the reform failed in the NSW Upper House today.
NCOSS chief executive Joanna Quilty said the setback was disappointing, but improving the rights of tenants was now firmly on the agenda for the upcoming state election.
New South Wales’ total disposable income would increase by $905 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week.