Aimee’s update – 7 August 2020

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In her latest video update, CEO Aimee McVeigh talks about our Living Affordability in Queensland report for 2020, and how your contribution can shape our Queensland state election priorities statement.

If you are a QCOSS member you should have received a link to the state election priority statement and survey via email on Friday 7 August. If for some reason it did not arrive in your inbox and you would like to contribute, please contact our Membership team.

 


Transcript

Many Queenslanders were struggling before the coronavirus crisis began, and as the pandemic continues, the pre-existing fault lines of disadvantage in our community are exposed.

Our Living Affordability in Queensland report, released this week, reveals that low-income households in Queensland came into this crisis with no funds available for unexpected expenses, are under-insured, and often have no savings.

The report shows the pre-COVID base level of income supports were completely inadequate and households had to consider skipping meals, or going without other essentials.

As we approach the 2020 state election, the actions of government are more important than ever. To build back better, it’s vital that all Queenslanders are included in the economic recovery and that our most vulnerable are supported.

Many of you have gotten in touch with us to share your experiences during COVID-19. We have drawn from these conversations to develop priorities for the upcoming Queensland election.

We really want your feedback on our draft statement to ensure that it reflects what you think we should be focused on.

Visit our website to read the draft statement, and please get in touch if you have any feedback.

Until next week, take care.