The Australian Greens have expressed deep dismay at the findings in a new Salvation Army report, which show that alarming numbers of people are going without proper food or heating as winter approaches.
The Salvation Army report ‘It's Not Asking Too Much - National Economic and Social Impact Survey 2013' has highlighted the serious consequences of Labor's cuts to single parents and inaction on Newstart.
"The report has found that two thirds of the 2705 people surveyed feel stressed about the future, and it is little wonder, given that people are going without the absolute essentials in order to make ends meet," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.
"There is no doubt that parenting payment cuts and inaction on Newstart are compounding the problems so many people are clearly facing. 54% of survey respondents receive either Newstart or parenting payment single.
"More than half of those surveyed say they have gone without meals and are unable to pay utilities bills on time, and tragically, 7% of single parents said they were homeless.
"It is clear that people are under enormous stress and that things aren't getting any easier. Instead, they're being pushed deeper and deeper into poverty.
"I find it abhorrent that Labor and Tony Abbott remain committed to policies which are having these effects. Keeping people in poverty is cruel and uncaring and does not help our community.
"The Salvos, like too many other community organisations are being left to deal with the consequences of poor policy and a lack of leadership.
"The old parties need to listen to the evidence and support the Australian Greens' legislation to help vulnerable people out of poverty," Senator Siewert concluded.