Most disadvantaged are deprived on multiple levels: Anglicare report

A new Anglicare report shows that inequality is leaving many Australians behind.

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October 12 2015Intervention at the right time can help stop disadvantaged people from being left behind, but without that support, it is all too easy for people to disappear from view, said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers, launching the 2015 State of the Family report, Who is being left behind?, on 12 October.

“Research released at our conference in September shows that if we continue to walk away from the most vulnerable and the most disadvantaged, the poor will simply get poorer and so excluded from our society,” she said.

“But when you look closely at how people’s lives pan out, as we do in this report, it’s clear the right support at the right time can make the difference.

“When we talk about the most disadvantaged, we are talking about people who are deprived on multiple levels — low income, unemployment, food insecurity, ill health and disability, reduced access to services, homelessness, housing insecurity and social discrimination.

“Anglicare Sydney research, A profile of deep and persistent disadvantage, which is incorporated in our report, examines its Emergency Relief statistics to identify those most at risk. Sue King, the Director of Advocacy and Research there says they are concerned that current levels of income support are not sufficient to help these people overcome deep and persistent disadvantage because of the high cost of living.

“Until we ensure the social contract really does include having enough to live on and having somewhere safe to live, we’ll never get back that idea of a society that includes everybody and benefits us all.

“The stories in Who is being left behind? are about people who are at risk of exclusion. They tell us how personal attention, a safe place or a timely opportunity can provide a path to reconnection; and how easy it is to disappear from view and be left behind if that support is not there.

“To respond properly to this growing inequality, we need to pay attention to both WHO is being excluded and HOW. And then CHOOSE to invest differently.”