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Salvos report emphasises need for social security overhaul

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says a study released today by the Salvation Army emphasises the need for a review of our social security system.
 
The Salvation Army’s study, ‘Economic and social impact of cost of living pressures on people accessing emergency relief’ shows the significant and far-reaching impacts of financial hardship.
 
“A very high percentage of people needing emergency relief are doing without the essentials,” Senator Siewert said today.
 
“People are currently unable to save money or pay for things like insurance, medical or dental care or medication.
 
“The significant thing here is that 86% of those interviewed for the survey are in receipt of income support.
 
“This support is clearly not meeting the cost of living or offering enough support to allow people to access sustainable employment.
 
“As a result, people are taking on new debts, selling possessions or even looking to gambling in order to find additional income.
 
“This ongoing shortfall is especially hard for children, who are going without activities and opportunities because of the hardship endured by their parents.
 
“The ongoing social exclusion which results from the inadequacy of this system creates additional barriers to employment and can have an adverse effect on mental health.
 
“The Greens have been clear in our commitment to seeing the rate of Allowance payments increased – including a $50 per week increase for Newstart, along with improved methods of indexation to prevent payment gaps from again opening up.
 
“The current social security system is not meeting the needs of our modern economy.
 
“It needs to be reviewed in order to support people appropriately without allowing them to slip further into poverty,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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