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Being Poor Costs More

16 October 2017

SACOSS Anti-Poverty Week Statement highlights 10 “poverty premiums” for low income South Australians

SACOSS is today releasing its 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Statement which highlights the “poverty premiums” paid by South Australians on the lowest incomes. These are the extra costs on those living in poverty that others with higher income or more resources can buy their way out of, avoid or minimise. 

The SACOSS Statement gives examples of 10 poverty premiums in energy, telecommunications, banking, government charges, and in ordinary shopping. The...

Liberal’s energy plan: some good measures but not enough for low income people

10 October 2017

SACOSS welcomes some of the reliability and security measures in Steven Marshall’s energy plan, but we are concerned that the plan’s solar battery centrepiece delivers little benefit for the poorest South Australians.

SACOSS Senior Policy Officer Jo De Silva says, “The Liberal Party has today announced a $100 million Home Storage Subsidy Scheme but people on very low incomes cannot afford to install solar panels, and therefore won’t be able to take advantage of the $2500 subsidy.”

Over 100,000 South Australian households in housing stress: Report suggests rental costs could be state election issue

7 August 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service’s latest Cost of Living Update released today utilises recent Census data to highlight the problem of housing affordability and includes a breakdown of consumer housing stress by state electorate.

Housing stress is where a household spends more than 30% of its income on housing costs and it is a key indicator of financial hardship and risk of homelessness. 

SA still years behind in addressing digital disadvantage

1 August 2017

Data released today shows that South Australia still lags the nation in addressing digital disadvantage. 

The 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index, published by RMIT, was launched today in Melbourne.  It measures 8 aspects of digital inclusion, giving each of them a score out of 100. 

The 2017 data shows that digital inclusion in South Australia improved by 2.4 points over the last year, but SA still has the lowest score for all mainland states and territories. 

Census Data shows SA lags on home internet access

10 July 2017

& Premier’s electorate the most digitally disconnected in Adelaide!

A SACOSS analysis of recent Census data shows the Premier’s electorate of Cheltenham has the lowest rate of households accessing the internet in Adelaide.

But that’s by no means the only bad news for Jay Weatherill – as a whole South Australia lagged behind the national average in online connectivity. There was also a clear regional disadvantage with country areas faring worse than metro ones.

This new data shows:

SACOSS urges Libs to fix flawed Child Safety Bill should they form Gov in March

6 July 2017

SACOSS is deeply disappointment with the Legislative Council’s decision, made in the early hours of the morning, not to reject the Government’s Children and Young People (Safety) Bill. And we urge the Liberal Party to fix this flawed legislation should they form Government early next year.

Ross Womersley, SACOSS CEO, says, “With an election in March, we urge all parties to bring forward strong policy platforms in this arena and encourage the Liberal Party, should it have the opportunity to form government to commit to a thorough review of this whole area of concern...

Big funding shake-up for community orgs: Treasurer's good news for social services, sport, arts and environment

29 June 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service, together with Volunteering SA & NT, Conservation SA, the Arts Industry Council SA and Sport SA have welcomed the changes to funding for SA community organisations announced today.
At the SACOSS Post-Budget Breakfast this morning, the Treasurer announced that State Government will now provide full indexation on not-for-profit funding contracts. From July 1, 2017, all contracts will have full indexation included. 

SACOSS welcomes boost to jobs and revenue - but says no attention to digital inclusion, early intervention and vulnerable people

22 June 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service says today’s State Budget with its focus on jobs and revenue is welcome but we are disappointed there is no attention on opportunities for growth through the digital economy, no real initiatives directed to helping low income households, nor any funding for prevention activities in health and child protection. 

Gov set to progress flawed child safety bill on Budget Day

22 June 2017

The Government will likely attempt to progress the flawed Child Safety Bill on Budget Day today.  SACOSS and an alliance of experts have welcomed the intervention of the Opposition, Greens and other cross bench MLCs, particularly the Liberal Party’s recently proposed amendments. However we are calling on Parliament to delay the passage of this Bill until promised prevention and early intervention measures are drafted.
 
In response to criticism, the Government had promised a second complementary Bill to prevent child abuse and neglect, but there has been limited...

The Gov can’t win with any Budget Strategy!

18 June 2017

The State Government is between a rock and a hard place with this week’s Budget, according to a SACOSS report released today. The South Australian Council of Social Service has warned that the public is yet to come to grips with the revenue problems facing our state. 

According to our survey:

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