The South Australian Council of Social Service today released its latest Cost of Living Update, including a survey of over 500 low income households. The survey findings, which come against a backdrop of further social security cuts, show that respondents are suffering significant financial pressure and deprivation, and are being forced to cut-back on essential items including food, utilities and medical treatment.
SACOSS is the South Australian Council of Social Service, the peak body for the non-government health and community services sector in South Australia.
SACOSS does not accept poverty, inequity or injustice. We will be a powerful and representative voice that leads and supports our community to take actions that achieve our vision of justice, opportunity and shared wealth for all South Australians. We will hold to account governments, business, and communities for actions that disadvantage vulnerable people
SACOSS releases Cost of Living Report & data showing poor people cutting back on essentials like food
SACOSS calls for thorough community consultation before implementation of Nyland Report
Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland is due to release her Child Protection Systems Report this Friday, August 5, 2016, and the South Australian Council of Social Service is urging the Government not to move towards implementation of any recommendations without due consultation.
SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley says, "It is imperative that the Government not act unilaterally on the implementation of Justice Nyland's recommendations. History shows that in so many instances Royal Commission recommendations have not been successfully implemented".
Losing the Jackpot: $111m blow to state budget from declining gambling revenue
A new report released today by the South Australian Council of Social Services highlights growing pressures on the state budget from declining gambling tax revenues – but it is not necessarily good news for gamblers or the community.
The SACOSS report notes that gambling taxes are the fifth biggest source of state taxes ($388m in 2014-15), but estimates that in real terms gambling tax revenue is now $111 a year less than it was a decade ago.