Sector Articles of Interest - 15 October
Written on the 14 October 2020 by SAFCA
Stop The Debt Trap Further detail on Government's Planned SACC Reforms Update
Update from Stop the Debt Trap:
On Tuesday 6 October, Treasury provided us with some more detail on the specifics of the reforms the Government intends on introducing for payday loans and consumer leases.
Overall it was again more bad news than good, so it largely reinforced our view that we won't be supporting the Bill which we communicated to Treasury. I've summarised a few key points that came out of the discussion below.
On the process before this is tabled in Parliament:
In regard to some specific clarifying information on how the law will work (if passed):
Essentially, on top of what we discussed in the briefing last week, it provided additional confirmation that lobbying by consumer lease providers had succeeded in basically watering down the cost cap. It sounds like these were simply 'government decisions', not really based upon any real evidence which is super frustrating to hear.
Through the ConnectEd program, Uniting Communities is able to offer free, in home, phone or video call assessments for people around their electricity, gas, water or telecommunications.
This free service supports people to:
Read and understand their bills
This program is able to support anyone in SA, and additional support is now able to be provided to:
To refer into this program please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the client contact details, suburb and reason for the referral (eg, high energy bill).
Elder abuse is not new. It has been around a long time listen to Micky Rooney speak about his experience of elder abuse. What is new is the growing recognition of elder abuse and the support for those who speak out. In this newsletter (link below) we support the very talented Elder Law students of UTS by sharing with you some of their research work on elder abuse.
Read more here in the Legal Aid NSW newsletter:
The 2020 Federal Budget offered a glimmer of hope for the community services sector, but missed key opportunities to invest in vital social housing and a permanent, adequate increase to JobSeeker and other income support payments.
We have produced a short video of SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley that outlines the SACOSS response to the 2020 Federal Budget. The video focuses on three key areas: Jobseeker, Social Housing, and Equal Renumeration.