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New report shows living costs outpacing income growth

December 16, 2019

Single parent families and people who are currently experiencing unemployment have been hit particularly hard by higher living costs in the past financial year, according to new modelling released today by the Western Australian Council of Social Service.

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Community Service Sector launches crisis campaign

December 6, 2019

Western Australia’s Community Service Organisations have banded together to launch the #YourHelpWA campaign

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Cost of Living Report 2019

December 16, 2019

Each year WACOSS produces the Cost of Living report, which models the income and expenditure of three household types, and provides analysis of relative changes in living costs and likely impacts on current and future levels of deprivation and need.

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Equitable Support

April 25, 2017

Cost of Living Report  Since 2007, WACOSS has produced an annual Cost of Living Report. Using consistent models and expert analysis, the report provides a snapshot of the emerging issues facing the Western Australian community. The report works to debunk myths surrounding people living on low wages by providing evidence based on data, rather than […]

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Call to cut energy bills for people on low incomes while acting on climate change

November 21, 2019

Community, health and research groups are calling on Energy Ministers to cut energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs

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Cost of Living report launch

December 2, 2019

Our independent research on the changing cost of living for low income households provides critical evidence to support advocacy about poverty in Western Australia. Our analysis offers insight into the changing financial pressures being faced by different households experiencing economic hardship and stress Following the official proceedings, there will be a sundowner event offering networking […]

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Bigger boost needed to the low-paid’s wages

June 14, 2019

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is concerned that the decision today by the WA Industrial Relations Commission does not do enough to improve the pay of those on the lowest wages, and does little to address wage stagnation, increase consumer confidence, or boost our flat domestic economy.

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Homelessness Services at breaking point – the time to act is now

March 20, 2019

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Western Australia (WA) is set to soar unless additional, long-term State Government funding is secured, the community services sector has today warned.

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Commitment on Financial Counselling welcomed by peak bodies

February 25, 2019

The Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA (FCAWA) and The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) welcome the announcement by the Federal Opposition leader to impose a levy on banks of $640m over four years, with half of this used to double the number of financial counsellors. The Financial Services Royal Commission report identified the […]

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