Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Federal Government’s one-year extension of funding for homelessness services through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders and asylum seekers.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) supports the Queensland Government’s position that the Australian Government needs to commit funding to address homelessness now.
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report. QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition: The cost of living and age pensioner households was released today as part of the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week, and draws attention to one of the biggest issues facing aging Queenslanders today.
Fair and affordable financing, funding for neighbourhood centres, employment incentives, and transport concessions for job seekers and asylum seekers have been welcomed as part of the Queensland Government’s 2016-17 State Budget announced today.
The introduction of concession fares on public transport for eligible unemployed people receiving newstart and youth allowances and asylum seekers is good news for those in South East Queensland. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the Queensland Government’s announcement today shows it has taken on-board the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeted concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
It is time for the Queensland Government to respond to the advice it has been given and extend concessions for transport and electricity to all Health Care Card holders. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said next week’s State Budget provided the perfect opportunity for the government to heed the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeting concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
The Queensland Competition Authority's (QCA) announcement, on 31 May, outlining its final determination of regulated electricity prices for regional Queensland has brought little relief for families and individuals struggling with their electricity bills.
A new report released today reveals the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage and some of the key areas of concern in Queensland which need to be addressed, including violence in the home and education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
QCOSS has welcomed the agreement by the state and federal governments regarding disability services in Queensland, securing a more certain and empowered future for Queenslanders with disability.
QCOSS has welcomed a number of recommendations made in the QPC's draft report into electricity pricing, particularly moves to include the lowest-income households in the electricity concession scheme.
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said the AER's decision meant a typical annual residential bill would decrease by about $17 in 2016-17, with similar reductions for the following three years, providing barely any financial relief to already struggling households.
Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia
At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the incomes of the lowest income earners increase at least at the pace of those in the middle.
Cairns homelessness organisations are heeding the call to “step up to end homelessness”, ahead of Homelessness Prevention Week (3 to 9 August 2015).
Today’s State Budget revealed positive signs the Queensland Government was listening to the community services sector, however it remains important the sector is engaged and consulted to ensure the needs of Queenslanders are adequately met.
A typical Queensland household will save a mere 14 cents a week following today’s announcement of electricity prices for 2015-16 by the Queensland Competition Authority. The small drop in the usage charge for electricity will deliver little benefit for many, with the fixed charge continuing to climb, now four times higher than it was three years ago.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes today’s Australian Energy Regulator (AER) draft Distribution Determination however more needs to be done to help vulnerable Queensland households. The decision to reduce the revenue which Queensland’s electricity network companies will be allowed to recover from costomers over the next five years means that the average household electricity bill will only decrease by approximately $34 in 2015-16.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement today that they will delay electricity price deregulation for 12 months. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said QCOSS had recommended the delay to ensure a number of critical issues were fully considered and addressed before deregulating electricity prices in South East Queensland, and it was pleased the government had listened.