With another year’s Anti-Poverty Week drawing to a close, more than 200 Queensland community service workers will come together today to share best practice and learn new skills to support the half a million Queenslanders living below the poverty line.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley today welcomed the introduction of new consumer protections for electricity and gas customers across the state from 1 July next year. The changes result from the Queensland Government’s adoption of the National Energy Retail Law through a bill passed in Parliament last night.
Some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in remote Queensland communities are often living without electricity, unable to afford the necessary power cards or unable to buy one due to limited business operating hours, a new report released today has found. The Queensland Council of Social Services’ (QCOSS) report explores the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers using electricity pre-payment meters in remote communities.
Single pensioners renting in the private market are likely to be paying nearly half their pension on rent, according to the latest Cost of Living Report, released by QCOSS today.
Concession improvements for low-income and vulnerable Queenslanders have been flagged in the Queensland Government’s 30 Year Electricity Strategy, released today, but with disconnections on the rise short-term solutions are needed now.
Hundreds of thousands of pensioners will breathe a sigh of relief today with news that the Queensland Government will cover a federal budget shortfall of more than $50 million per annum in pensioner concessions. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said it was a significant win for pensioners, with many already struggling to afford the most basic standard of living.
On the surface Queensland’s State Budget has delivered a mixed bag of results for the state’s most vulnerable residents, with extra funding for families and children but potential concession cuts for pensioners. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said the allocation of $406 million over five years to improve child protection and family services was a bright spot in an otherwise cautious budget.
A different approach to concessions is urgently needed to protect Queenslanders already struggling to make ends meet given the 66 per cent increase in the fixed charge of all electricity bills from 1 July.
Homelessness and employment services in Cairns have banded together with all three tiers of government to find new ways of helping homeless people get back on track through employment. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said 15 organisations and five government departments were involved in the collaborative project which will give people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness additional support to access training and ultimately secure a job.
The human face of homelessness has been captured following a campaign which involved more than 1000 surveys being completed by some of Brisbane’s most vulnerable residents.
Welcome news for the community as the government adopts the prevention and early intervention approach for child safety recommended by Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
Today’s announcement that electricity prices will rise by an average of 13.6 per cent from 1 July next year heralds more hip-pocket pain for Queenslanders, especially for thousands of low-income households throughout the state.
Cost of living pressures remain high for low-income earners, with expenditure continuing to outstrip income for two out of three example households, according to a Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report released today.
A new framework of indicators measuring poverty and disadvantage in Queensland, released today as part of Anti-Poverty Week [13 to 19 October], reveals a number of areas requiring urgent and immediate attention. The Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) inaugural Indicators of Poverty and Disadvantage in Queensland paints a clear picture of the current state of affairs and will be used to influence government how to best invest in and support people living below the poverty line.
Thousands of Queensland pensioners forced to rent in the private housing market are unable to afford a basic standard of living, according to a new report released today. To coincide with Seniors Week this year, the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) today released a special edition Cost of Living Report looking at four example pensioner households and their ability to make ends meet.
Media Release 9 July 2013 Small change makes a big difference for Queensland’s low-income earners Queensland’s low-income earners experienced a recent reprieve in rising costs-of-living, but more pain in the hip pocket is on the way, according to a report released today. The Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) fifth Cost of Living Report, which tracks three example low-income households against data from March 2012 to March 2013, reveals what it takes to afford a very basic standard of living.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has welcomed the focus on consumers and low-income customers as part of the state government’s latest electricity sector reform announcements. QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said he was pleased that the Interdepartmental Committee on Electricity Sector Reform (IDC) report had highlighted the need to consult on the reform process through the 30 Year Electricity Strategy.
Queensland’s social services sector breathed a collective sigh of relief today with no further cuts announced as part of the state budget, however it remained anxious about the future of the sector.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes news today that the Queensland Government has signed the National Partnership Agreement for Homelessness.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) today renewed its calls for a targeted concession framework to help those families and individuals who will be hardest hit by today’s higher-than-expected electricity price rises.