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Poverty and climate change

VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper23 September 2016  |  

VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes.

Published by under Emergency management, Emergency relief, Energy and Water, Homelessness, Housing

Landmark family violence report a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence

30 March 2016  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.

Published by under Advocacy, Children, Children and families, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, Disability, Energy and Water, Essential Services, Family violence, Housing, State Budget, State Politics, Women, Young People and Families
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Protecting vulnerable Victorians from energy hardship

19 January 2016  |  

An update on the 2015 Hardship Inquiry In February 2015, the Victorian Government directed the Essential Services Commission (ESC), regulator of Victoria’s retail energy market, to conduct an inquiry into the financial hardship programs of energy retailers. The terms of reference noted the legislation governing the energy industry aims to ensure customers remain connected to supply wherever possible and disconnection should be a last resort. The inquiry was asked to investigate the design and delivery of hardship programs and the effectiveness of the regulatory regime driving them, and propose ways the programs and regulatory framework could be improved to drive better results.

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