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Feb 5, 2013

Single Parent Payment cuts hit housing affordability

Australians for Affordable Housing has expressed concern over the ability of low-income single parent families to afford rent and housing costs after being moved from the Parent Payment Single welfare payment to the lower Newstart Allowance.

“It beggars belief that we can be having a national conversation about the inadequacy of Newstart, with politicians lining up to say that it is too low to live on, whilst at the same time we are forcing already vulnerable and disadvantaged families onto that very same payment.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.

“Parents on Newstart are much more likely to experience housing stress than if they are on the Parent Payment Single welfare payment. The percentage of households in housing stress increases from around 38 per cent for the Parenting Payment (Single) to closer to 65 per cent for households on Newstart. Taking money from people’s incomes makes it harder for them to afford essentials.’ said Joel Pringle

“If the Government is serious about ending intergenerational poverty, they will reverse the decision to target poor children for budget cuts.”

“Today is the National Day of Action for Single Parents. We believe that access to affordable housing is important to the healthy upbringing of the next generation, and the Government’s decision to withdraw families from the Parent Payment Single welfare payment is one which will exacerbate the housing crisis for those families.”

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

For enquiries, case studies and interviews contact Joel Pringle, 0427 563 989

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  • Jay

    This is just plain outright cruel. All of a sudden a bunch of families who can’t afford to eat, or pay rent, bills because of a cut. I do believe this actually goes against an UN Human Rights Act.

  • Sonia M

    I am a degree educated mother, who having fled domestic violence, have had to move constantly in the private rental sector, which requires at least 50% of my income when I can get work in my profession or at least 70% when on benefits. At times I get in a lodger, with all the attendant problems of having to share a bedroom with an 8 year old, the lodgers drinking/drug taking, noise etc. The rent assistance is inadequate, albeit welcome, and has changed little since the 1980’s
    . I could maybe move (yet again) somewhere cheaper…way out bush, but then there would be no work ever!
    A conundrum indeed, and many a night I spend sleepless worrying about becoming homeless. Oh yes, CSA has never succeeded in obtaining any financial assistance for my son; toothless tigers perhaps?

  • Fort

    I fled domesti violence, and after a custody battle waged my ex husband and unbelievable legal bill that I am still paying, with the rwnt that goes up every month, with no child support, I am in constant fear of being homeless with my son, I even have nightmares. I used to work full time but childcare costs were like paying 2 rents. Now working part time and hardly making hands meets and sometimes I line up for food vouchers. And politicians are telling us they will give more money to wealthy families in a form of paeental leave payments. What about us and our children?

  • Fort

    – In the first line, I meant “waged by my ex husband”
    – 2nd line, I meant “with the rent that goes up every year”
    -7th line I meant “parental leave”


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