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Apr 23, 2012
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Over 30,000 South Australians need real Rent Assistance

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed that more than 30,000 South Australians who receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are in housing stress. That’s 36 per cent of the 83,000 people in South Australia who receive this payment.

AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said that this shows just how desperately an increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance is needed by South Australians.

“Tens of thousands of South Australians are struggling with high housing costs. Rents in Adelaide have risen 60 per cent more than the rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) in the last five years, which has been hard for low income families struggling to make the rent.

“An increase in Rent Assistance of just $25 per week would lift more than 7,200 South Australians out of housing stress completely.

“Over 1,750 people – or 11 per cent of those receiving Newstart who are currently in housing stress would be able to make ends meet if CRA was increased by this small amount.

“11 per cent of South Australians on the Parenting Payment (single), and 10 per cent of those on the Disability Support Pension – over 3,300 people in total – would be lifted out of housing stress if CRA was boosted.

“Cost of living is a big issue for many Australians, and housing costs are the single biggest household expense. Increasing Rent Assistance is the logical way for the Government to make an immediate difference and take some pressure off households.

“We’ll need further reforms to Rent Assistance to help all of those people, but an immediate increase in CRA is a good place to start,” Ms Toohey said.

AAH has called on the Federal Government to increase CRA by 30 per cent in the Federal Budget, an increase of between $16 to $25 per week, which would help almost 100,000 people nationally.

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


SOUTH AUSTRALIA CURRENT with $25pw increase
Total recipients Number in housing stress %in stress Number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension 14 613 3 314 23 1233 8
DSP 18 080 5 394 30 1826 10
Carer Payment 1 781 447 25 122 7
Newstart 16 221 9 053 56 1751 11
Austudy 1 504 1 025 68 132 9
Youth Allowance -Student 5 215 3 781 73 232 4
Youth Allowance – other 1 339 934 70 38 3
Parenting payment (single) 13 102 4 237 32 1475 11
Parenting payment (partnered) 1 619 475 29 72 4
Family Tax Benefit only 9 031 906 10 256 3
Other 784 470 60 94 12
All 83 289 30 036 36 7231 9

 

 

AUSTRALIA Current with $25pw increase
Total recipients Number in housing stress %in stress number no longer in housing stress % reduction in housing stress
Aged Pension 201,215 58,802 29 19,854 10
DSP 23,5851 74,054 31 25,373 11
Carer Payment 29,489 8,672 29 2,267 8
Newstart 211,765 135,482 64 21,139 10
Austudy 17,848 12,782 72 1,420 8
Youth Allowance -Student 65,431 50,065 77 3,656 6
Youth Allowance – other 15,050 10,807 72 488 3
Parenting payment (single) 166,160 62,870 38 16,303 10
Parenting payment (partnered) 27,896 12,809 46 1,789 6
Family Tax Benefit only 147,006 26,292 18 5,996 4
Other 12,821 8,235 64 1,472 11
All 1,130,532 460839 41 99,726 9

Source: calculations based on Senate Community Affairs Committee, Answers to estimates questions on notice Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Portfolio 2011-12 Budget Estimates Hearings Question No: 246 and Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2012, Table 16A.61

 

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