New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows people trying to survive on the lowest income support payments are in the worst financial stress.
“It is simply unacceptable for a rich nation like ours to allow those at the bottom, who are clearly the most disadvantaged, to fall further into poverty. Yet this is precisely what we are witnessing in Australia,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.
“Sadly this picture is not surprising when you consider the fact that the gap between people on the lowest income payments (Newstart and sole parents) compared to those on pensions has been increasing for a long time.
“This growing disparity simply must be addressed as a matter of urgency, especially with the real likelihood of a substantial increase in the number of people going onto Newstart Allowance as a result of the Government’s planned changes to the eligibility criteria for DSP. There are already over 100,000 people with disabilities on the Newstart payment," says Dr. Goldie.
Read the ACOSS media release here (contains link to ABS study)