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ACOSS Senior Advisor named Energy Efficiency Champion

Kellie Caught, ACOSS’ Senior Advisor on Climate & Energy, has been named the Energy Efficiency Council’s 2020 Energy Efficiency Champion. Kellie is a leading advocate for people on low incomes in the face of the climate change crisis. She works collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to campaign for energy efficiency to be a part of low-income homes to improve health, well-being and lives. Kellie is tireless in her pursuit of a safe climate future for all and we are so proud to call her a part of the ACOSS team. View video here

Retirement Incomes Review highlights growing divide

The Retirement Incomes Review, released today, finds that the annual cost to taxpayers of superannuation tax concessions is an eye-watering $41.5 billion. In response to the Review, the Australian Council of Social Service said people on the highest incomes disproportionately benefited from these generous superannuation tax concessions, while older people on pensions who rent their homes are struggling to keep a roof overhead. Read more

Thousands take action against Christmas-cut to income support as unemployment hits 7%

As unemployment figures are released today, the Raise the Rate for Good National Day of Action is taking place with thousands of people around the country sending messages to parliamentarians saying, “All I want for the holidays is to stop the cuts that will send a million people into poverty”. The unemployment figure for October hit 7% (1.7% higher than that time last year). We’re still over 200,000 jobs short of the level of employment before the recession (in March 2020). Read more

ACOSS response to Robodebt Settlement

ACOSS today paid tribute to the determination and strength of all who challenged their unlawful debts via the class action that has resulted in a $1.2 billion settlement today. As a result of the settlement, around 400,000 people will receive compensation as well as repayment of funds and the Commonwealth has also agreed to drop almost $400 million in invalid debts. Read more

Government decision to cut income support at Christmas is a cruel and damaging mistake

The Australian Council of Social Service says the Government’s decision to further cut income support at the end of the year is a cruel and damaging mistake that will come as a crushing blow to millions. Read more

ACOSS warns Government against a Christmas cut to income support

ACOSS calls on the Federal Government to put in place a permanent, adequate rate of income support, rather than considering cutting payments at Christmas time. Read more

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