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Cuts to school-costs assistance will hurt families

7 February 2014  |  Cuts to a crucial support payment designed to help families with education costs will leave thousands of Victorian students starting school next year without proper books, uniforms and other basic necessities unless they receive targeted assistance, warns a coalition of organisations led […]

Heatwave risk must prompt better planning

31 January 2014  |  Vulnerable people in Victoria will continue to at greater risk of illness and death due to heatwaves until we start treating extreme heat events with the same level of emergency planning and response as bushfires and floods, according to the […]

Spiralling prison spending should be diverted

30 January 2014  |  Victoria’s spiralling prison costs would be better spent on the social programs which are most effective at preventing crime and which create a genuinely safer community according to the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘The growing investment in the Victorian […]

Fines for parents will entrench disadvantage

20 December 2013  |  Plans by the State Government to fine parents whose children do not attend school will do little to keep vulnerable young people in education and are likely to harm some children and families and entrench their disadvantage.

Rising energy disconnections show need for new approach

18 December 2013  |  Data published today by the Essential Services Commission shows energy disconnections in Victoria continue to rise – one in every hundred Victorian households had their electricity disconnected for non-payment in the last financial year.

Rising homelessness must spur action

17 December 2013  |  New data showing a dramatic rise in the number of Victorians seeking homelessness support must prompt urgent action from the State and Federal Governments.

Cost of living worsens for low income Victorians

17 December 2013  |  Some of the most disadvantaged Victorians on the lowest incomes face a bleak Christmas with the latest data showing they are the hardest hit by cost of living increases.

Assistance will be needed for communities hit by automotive job losses

11 December 2013  |  Communities that are likely to be hardest hit by automotive and manufacturing industry job losses will need assistance to avoid being further disadvantaged as well as training and support to ensure workers can find new jobs, says the Victorian Council […]

Victorian students lagging on education outcomes

4 December 2013  |  Victoria is performing below the national average on important education indicators and students need better supports if we are to end the inequities in our education system, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘Latest figures from the OECD show […]

Emergency prison bed funding ‘sign of crisis’

29 November 2013  |  The Victorian Government’s need to allocate emergency funds to provide more beds for the state’s overcrowded prison system shows the true costs of its expensive and ineffective ‘tough on crime’ policies, says the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). ‘Community […]