Jun 30, 2014

McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Whatever other strengths and weaknesses are to be found in the interim report of the government's welfare reform group, it is glaringly weak in the key area of housing and rent assistance. Patrick McClure and his team acknowledge that current rent assistance arrangements have proved inadequate, particularly for single parents and families, as private rents have risen far ahead of rent assistance for welfare recipients. Between 2001 and 2013, median rents have grown at least one and a half times faster than rent assistance and for some groups more than doubled.

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One thought on “McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

  1. klewso

    For some of us The Age of Entitlement never started?

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