ACOSS Calls for Anti-Poverty Plan
28 October 2010 at 9:24 am
The national peak body for the welfare sector, ACOSS has called for a National Anti-Poverty Plan, as the Not for Profit sector reflects on the outcomes of Anti-Poverty Week.
The Report, Poverty and Its Causes, calls for aNational Anti-Poverty Plan to take coordinated action across all levels of government to
meet targets which reduce poverty and alleviate the causes of poverty.
- an increase in the rates of the lowest social security payments (mainly those for unemployed people, students and lone parents) with new supplements for costs of disability and caring for children alone;
- additional employment assistance for long-term unemployed people to help them become ready for work;
- an adequate minimum wage to reduce poverty among working households;
- increased access to affordable housing including by an expansion of investment in social housing, improvements in private Rent Assistance, and expansion of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS);
- improved affordability of essential health and community services such as dental care, child care, and respite care.
The Report also provides a fact sheet with the most up-to-date statistics on poverty in Australia, including the on-going effects of the Global Financial Crisis. The five causes of poverty include inequalities in work and income, education, housing, health and services.
The report can be downloaded at http://acoss.org.au/images/uploads/ACOSS_poverty_report_October_2010.pdf