Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012 Launched


Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012 Launched

 

The Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot (the Snapshot) is an annual project surveying the affordability of rental properties for people living on a low income in Australia.

For the purposes of this project, an affordable rental is one which took up less than 30% of the household’s income, a commonly used benchmark of affordability.

Over 65,000 properties were audited across 16 localities on the Snapshot weekend. As with 2011, the 2012 results are stark for anyone living on a low income included in which is federal income support and the minimum wage.

Housing affordability is an issue facing all Australians. It hits hardest people living on low incomes such as Government pensions and allowances and even the minimum wage. The Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot has shown that across Australia, people on low incomes are potentially living in housing stress, spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs.

Housing affordability is truly a national issue and is deserving of being a truly national priority. The Federal Government must lead the action with comprehensive strategies matching the length and breadth of this national issue.

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