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The South Australian Council of Social Service reveals that new cost of living data shows a clear need for increases in state government concessions for low income households, particularly for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) and the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATTS).
A group of South Australia’s major charitable organisations will unite today to call for a commitment from all political parties in the state election to provide a relief package for the lowest income households facing cost of living pressures.
The South Australian Council of Social Service is alarmed at Holden's closure announcement and calls on the federal government to immediately set-aside the $500 million it no longer needs to give to Holden for support to businesses in the Holden supply chain, and for future job creation.
SACOSS is today calling on energy retailers to immediately reduce the increasing rate of power cut offs.
SACOSS has today launched a campaign in the lead up to the state election, highlighting the threat posed by declining government revenue and calling on all parties to commit to restoring revenue to pre-GFC levels.
The South Australian Council of Social Service has today welcomed the release of a new study of energy poverty in Australia.
SACOSS’ latest Cost of Living Update released today shows that over 100,000 South Australian households, including over 31,000 low income renters, are experiencing housing stress in their weekly budget.
The South Australian Council of Social Service has released its annual Anti-Poverty Week statement as the end of Anti-Poverty Week in Australia approaches. The statement identifies the problematic impacts of the rising cost of living on unemployed and vulnerable South Australians.
The Federal Government will no longer pay Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) Supplementation from July 2021 on most grants. The base rate of affected grants will not increase to include the supplementation.
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by Ross Womersley,
CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service
Before we go attacking or defending tomorrow's State Budget, I wonder if we could think more deeply about the broader context.
Inevitably, the Budget debate (like all Budget debates) will be characterised by announcements of new initiatives which may or may not be good, but which hide the real day to day expenditure of government. There will be claims of “the biggest taxing Budget ever” (which applies to almost every government simply because of inflation and growth), and there will be the self-interest of groups who (genuinely but sometimes unhelpfully) believe that what is good for their sector/industry is good for the state as a whole.