Relief from some cost of living pressures
We are excited finishing off the year with so many great initiatives that will improve cost of living pressures for families experiencing vulnerability – all of which have been key planks of ours for many years. These are listed below in the feature story but some key dates to remember:
- changes to rents for public housing tenants started on 5 December
- public transport: changes have started today with fares reducing in South East Queensland; and concessions for job seekers and asylum seekers is due to commence in early 2017
- people with health care cards will be able to apply for their electricity rebate on 1 April – this will be backdated to 1 January.
It is good the government has responded to the needs of the community and addressed these areas. QCOSS will continue to engage with the government as the implementation of these initiatives are critical and there is a lot of work still to be done to better support people with the current cost of living pressures. We will keep you informed about the dates as they come around.
Transport under the NDIS
In work with QDN we have become aware that when transitioning to the NDIS people need to make sure their transport costs are adequately covered as they will no longer be eligible for the taxi subsidy scheme. We are continuing to work with QDN on this issue but until it is resolved please make sure you discuss the issues with the NDIA during negotiations.
I wish you all a safe and happy festive season. On behalf of all of us at QCOSS, we have appreciated the opportunity to work with you throughout the year and look forward to continuing to do so in 2017.
Chief Executive Officer
15 December 2016