Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

"Under Pressure" - VCOSS Report on Emergency Relief in Victoria


20 July 2009 at 4:01 pm
Staff Reporter
A new report by VCOSS highlights that the combination of inadequate income, high costs of living and the absence of financial resources such as insurance, savings or assets create demand for emergency relief in Victoria.

Staff Reporter | 20 July 2009 at 4:01 pm


0 Comments


 Print
"Under Pressure" - VCOSS Report on Emergency Relief in Victoria
20 July 2009 at 4:01 pm

A new report by VCOSS highlights that the combination of inadequate income, high costs of living and the absence of financial resources such as insurance, savings or assets create demand for emergency relief in Victoria.

The report called "Under Pressure – Cost of living, financial hardship and emergency relief in Victoria", details the experiences of over 2,000 emergency relief recipients in Victoria in 2007-08 and provides evidence of the causes of demand for emergency relief by people in poverty and financial hardship.

The report says that three key structural reforms are required to reduce demand for emergency relief assistance. The first is to increase social security payments relative to the costs of living – that nearly all of the people surveyed in this research were in receipt of social security payments clearly indicates that the social security system does not provide for an adequate standard of living.

Secondly, it says action by governments to ensure that essential goods and services such as housing, utilities, food, transport, health care and education are affordable is needed to reduce demand for emergency relief.

VCOSS says these goods and services are universally regarded as necessary for an adequate standard of living – their costs were those most commonly identified in this research as causing financial hardship.

Finally, it says facilitating access to affordable financial products and services, including savings schemes, insurance, financial planning and financial counselling, is required to assist people at risk of financial hardship to plan for and cope with a financial crisis, and will in turn, reduce the demand for emergency relief.

The full report can be downloaded at: www.vcoss.org.au



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Tags : Reports,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Disadvantage is a virus, it’s time we intervened with a vaccine

Dr Lisa J. Griffiths

Friday, 7th August 2020 at 4:32 pm

Beyond the profits of doom

David Crosbie

Thursday, 6th August 2020 at 8:36 am

Creating better, safer mental health support starts with listening to young people

Kirra-Alyssa Horley

Thursday, 6th August 2020 at 8:00 am

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×

We need your help.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Bono Australia has seen a devastating fall in advertising and less people posting on our job board, which is how we fund our free news service. You can show us that you value the work we do by making a contribution.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!