Bridie Jabour - The Guardian
The government is being urged to change the way it indexes social security payments after a survey found almost 80% of those forced to live on them are struggling.
The Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) used the weekend before the federal budget to release the survey which found 78% of those on income support are struggling to live on it and many are in housing crisis.
One in five people on Newstart or Youth Allowance spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs while 52% spend more than a quarter and 10% spend more than 75%. Of the people on parenting income, 24% spend more than 50% of their income on housing.