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Urgent concessions reform needed

MEDIA RELEASE: New SACOSS report 'The State of Concessions in South Australia' identifies serious problems in the system of concessions which support low income South Australians. It examines utilities, transport, health and cost of living concessions and argues that the system is poorly designed, with gaps, poverty premiums and arbitrary requirements and barriers to access.

New report call for a basic level of water services

MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS welcomes the Productivity Commission’s recently-released final report into National Water Reform. It calls for a commitment by State and Territory Governments to each develop a definition of, and to ensure access to, a basic level of water services for all Australians - a call made by SACOSS in its submisison for SA.

Public housing sell-off cuts deep

MEDIA RELEASE: The Legislative Council Select Committee inquiry into the privatisation of public services heard evidence from SACOSS that the selling off of public housing in South Australia increases inequality in the state. The last 30 years has seen a massive reduction in the public housing estate, as houses have been sold off or demolished for private land sales.

Hills, Murray and Mallee region reveals challenges and continuing resilience

MEDIA RELEASE: The South Australian Council of Social Service recently met with service providers and community leaders from across the Hills and Mallee regions in the areas of health, mental health, aged care, family services, local government, charitable organisations and more, to share information, highlights and challenges.

United call for action on safe water

MEDIA RELEASE: A range of key groups have made a powerful joint statement on the need for the State Government to step up to ensure that all South Australians have access to safe, affordable, and secure water. The call came as the State Government progresses work on its draft Water Security Statement for South Australia – the first major statewide strategy for over a decade.