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Jun 12, 2012

NSW a mixed bag for housing affordability

Today’s Budget by the New South Wales Government takes two steps forward and one step back on housing affordability said Australians for Affordable Housing today.

“Abolishing the First Home Owners Grant for existing properties is a positive move, because we know it simply helps to push up prices when supply is restricted. That $7,000 just goes straight into the pocket of the seller, not the home buyer” said Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.

“Sydney clearly needs more new homes built but unless the community can reach a consensus about how and where new development can take place, increased grants for new homes might not have any effect, or worse, simply push up prices for new homes as well”.

“It’s disappointing that there is no new money for affordable rental housing.

“This budget does little for the 180,000 renters in New South Wales struggling with high housing costs, and actually cuts the number of people who will be assisted in the private rental market.

“With some of the highest housing costs in the country, and over 300,000 households in New South Wales under housing stress, the New South Wales Budget falls well short of fixing this problem.

“While it’s not quite shifting deck chairs on the titanic, it’s awfully close to sewing cushions for the lifeboat”.

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au

Media contact: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989. Follow AAH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/housingstressed and Twitter: @housingstressed

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