In a speech on 22 July 2015 to the Institute of Public Affairs, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, has discussed housing.
Better partnerships are also needed with the States and Territories.
Today, the Prime Minister is meeting with Premiers to discuss many of the issues that challenge and confound our federation. Housing is one of those issues and is on the agenda for discussion.
It is an area where our federation is failing us. We are spending more than $10 billion a year and making very little progress. The Commonwealth accounts for around 60% of this expenditure and in 2014/15 this equates to $6.3 billion. Commonwealth rental assistance (CRA) accounts for the majority of this investment at $4.2 billion, the balance being transfers to the states. CRA has been increasing at a rate of almost 7% a year. At the same time State housing expenditures have been flat.Read more ...
It is with a heavy heart that this notice is written to inform the members of Southeast Housing Co-operative of the passing of Ian McLaren in the early hours of Tuesday morning 7/07/2015
Ian will be sadly missed by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative staff, the board of directors and members.
Ian joined the co-operative as Chief Financial Officer in 2010 and was subsequently appointed General Manager in 2011. Prior to joining SouthEast, Ian worked for CEHL, MIND and in the private sector.
Read the tribute by the Chairperson of the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd, Andrea Lee.
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has released a survey on low to middle income families - The NCOSS Cost of Living Report 2015. The survey was undertaken online and completed by 401 respondents between 18 - 25 June 2015. Families with dependent children with household incomes less than the median (approximately $75,000) were surveyed. The survey was designed by Essential Research in conjunction with NCOSS.
On housing, at least one in five low and middle income families reported they could not afford a decent and secure home (21%), a roof and gutters that don't leak (23%) or a separate bedroom for every child over 10 (20%).The survey also found that 58% were experiencing housing stress and that 32% of sole parent families reported spending more than half of their income on housing.
Download the report at: