COVID-19 Update – 20 April 2020

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What support do you need to keep this epic effort going?

As a sector we should all be proud of the work that we are doing to continue to deliver services to those who need supports during these challenging times.

QCOSS continues to work with various organisations, politicians and government departments to discuss what needs to happen next to ensure that the needs of community organisations and people experiencing vulnerability are considered.

Thank you to everyone who has provided QCOSS with feedback on what you’re doing to adapt to this new way of operating, and inform us of what issues are arising and where the gaps are. Our advocacy is informed by what we hear from you, so it’s really important that you continue to keep in touch and let us know what is happening for your organisation and the communities that you support. 

Please continue to keep in touch by emailing us at [email protected] or call QCOSS on 07 3004 6900.

Stopping predatory lending practices

QCOSS has long advocated for changes to the way that high-cost credit businesses, such as ‘payday’ lenders and ‘rent-to-buy’ companies, are allowed to operate. In many cases these businesses are making people’s lives worse, creating debt they cannot repay and causing financial stress. With thousands more set to lose work over the coming months we are concerned that more people will be saddled with unaffordable loans and fall into a debt spiral that could end in bankruptcy.

For people struggling to pay for essentials such as food and rent, these loans are a recipe for disaster. As part of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance, we are calling on the Australian Government to shut down predatory lending practices for at least six months. Read the alliance’s statement here and read more in this article.

What can you do?

Please consider signing the petition to put these practices on hold to protect people who are struggling to make ends meet in these difficult times. Sign the petition here.

We are looking for case studies about predatory lending practices and their impact on people experiencing vulnerability.

If you know of anyone who has been affected by these practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

21 April 2020