Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today said that the Federal Government’s refusal to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance was short changing households and have today called on the Federal Government to reconsider an increase in the upcoming budget.
“Surely the first priority in the Federal Budget should be people’s household budgets. Housing costs are the single biggest household expense in Australia, and an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance would provide immediate relief to those doing it toughest” said AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.
“The Government should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time on housing policy. New affordable housing supply is critical, but there are more than 450,000 renters in housing stress right now and they can’t wait for new housing to be built”.
“We know that cost of living is an issue for many households, and housing costs are the single biggest household expense. Rent assistance is an easy way for the Government to make a difference to household’s cost of living right now.
“Rents have risen at twice the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance in the last five years, leaving low income households out of pocket as they struggle to pay the rent and make ends meet”.
This week in Canberra Australians for Affordable Housing released their budget statement calling on the Federal Government to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance and invest in a long term Affordable Housing Growth Fund.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004
Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed
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