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The federal budget for 2022/2023 has made many wonder after it failed to figure it out and provide adequate funding to support those struggling in the face of rising cost of living. Griffith Mayor Doug Quran said that although some money went to the regions, for us “there was not much”. “I don’t think Griffith or Riverina have benefited too much from this year’s budget, they’re looking at the regions, but not where they’re next to us,” Councilor Curran said. “With elections mixed, they are trying to throw money in the area that will improve their chances of winning, so it’s no wonder the cities have won more.” Councilor Curran also noted that although it had been promised that an additional 25,000 seats would be offered under the housing guarantee scheme, this was a moot point. “If you don’t have homes to start with, it doesn’t work, and those who live in regional communities like Griffith won’t be able to benefit from the scheme to the same extent,” Councilor Curran said. “I would certainly like to see more social housing projects such as Griffith Green, and although any help is welcome, this year’s budget, I would say, has gone far enough.” According to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the budget has become the latest in a series of lost opportunities to address the low cost of living faced by low-income people. “A one-time payment of $ 250 is a completely inadequate response to the volatile and constant pressures on life that leave low-income people on,” said Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groote. RELATED || The budget doesn’t affect the cost of living: work A five-minute budget: what you need to know “Simply put, this step is a patch that can’t fix the long-term shortcomings that are forcing the most vulnerable members of our community to remain in poverty.” The chairman of the State Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul NSW Paul Burton expressed similar disappointment over the lack of funding for social housing. “Despite all the work our people do on a daily basis in the state’s communities, society can only achieve enough to break the poverty line without greater investment in social housing,” Mr Burton said. “It should be noted that the demand for social housing, which exceeds the supply, is not only a problem that affects our major cities, but also felt at an unprecedented level in the regions.” READ MORE An example of this is the Linking Communities Network, a Griffith support network for those experiencing homelessness and those who have experienced domestic violence, in which the number of those seeking help has increased significantly. Former Leeton Vinnies president Eileen Edwards reiterated these sentiments and said the budget does nothing for social housing and is a simple “relief solution”. “It’s great that we see more money going to the mental health and protection of victims of domestic violence, which, unfortunately, we see a lot in our society, but it’s not enough,” said Ms. Edwards. “Let’s work with the assumption that someone has an average salary, he has two children, a car and a rent, what he has left to manage, feed the children and so on?” “The opportunity to buy houses is very difficult because we just don’t buy houses, and the social housing we have in Litan and other regional cities is so poorly maintained that it becomes almost uninhabitable.” Murray member Helen Dalton said there was “no real vision” in this year’s budget. “It is encouraging to see much-needed funding for regional areas such as telecommunications and mental health services. But the election promise does not give us much hope given the government’s track record,” said Mrs. Dalton. “Liberals and citizens have been putting money on black spots for years – the problem is that we never see money being spent.” One-time payments only increase the cost of living. They don’t really solve long-term problems. “Social housing is also very scarce. Housing stress and homelessness are the biggest problems we face, but the government has ignored it.” Our journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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