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.
Queenslanders with a disability and young people seeking a solid education are the big winners in the Federal Government’s budget which was announced last night.
Queensland’s community services sector is richer in dollar and deed thanks to the outstanding efforts of more than 230,000 volunteers who give back to some of those most in need in our state. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the state’s army of volunteers should be proud of themselves and their actions which were helping to build more resilient communities for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds.
Today is a great day for Queenslanders with a disability, their families and carers with Premier Newman signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Queensland’s social services sector is ready and willing to adopt the state government’s latest social and economic reforms which promise to deliver stronger frontline services and ultimately reduce the number of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
Outcomes for vulnerable people should be the priority Improving outcomes should be the number one consideration for the government when implementing recommendations impacting on vulnerable Queenslanders from the Costello Commission of Audit.
The announcement today of increased electricity prices signals more pain for households already struggling with the cost of living. The draft decision on electricity pricing released by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) today outlines a three year price path for residential consumers which will see an increase in costs for the average consumer of 21.4 percent from 1 July. Similar hefty increases have also been flagged for the following two financial years.
Rapidly increasing electricity prices have received a great deal of attention in recent years. What has received less attention is that the number of disconnections for non-payment of electricity bills has been on a similar upwards trajectory. In three of the four years to June 2011, the percentage of customers disconnected in Queensland was higher than in any other jurisdiction in Australia. Since disconnection rates are an indicator of market performance and levels of hardship, Queensland’s high rate should be a matter of concern for the electricity sector. QCOSS undertook a survey of community sector workers in late 2011 to gather information about the factors contributing to disconnection. The findings of this survey and an analysis of a log of calls made to QCOSS about energy issues are presented in this report
The National Disability Insurance Scheme partnership proposed by the Queensland Government yesterday is good news for people with a disability.
Better access to interpreters for non-English speakers could provide longer term cost savings for Queensland says a report released today by the Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group.
Tens of thousands of Queenslanders will continue to be able to access tenancy advice services because of the federal government’s announcement today to provide emergency funding for these services to 30 June next year.