The ABC has a story on Anglicare’s latest data showing Canberra, despite multi point government plans announced with much backslapping and fanfare, is the worst place in the country:
Anglicare’s National Rental Affordability Snapshot examined about 50,000 properties for rent across Australia, testing how affordable the private rental market is for households on government payments and the minimum wage.
It defined an affordable rental as one which took up less than 30 per cent of household income.
The report found not one capital city passed the test.
Anglicare ACT manager Jenny Kitchin says only 1 per cent of Canberra rental properties are affordable for families on a minimum wage income.
“Canberra would be one of the worst in the country,” she said.
“We found only about 20 properties in the whole of the Canberra rental market that a family living on a minimum, two people living on a minimum wage, could afford.
“But even in those situations, quite often you’d probably have to share to actually boost up the income to be able to afford to pay the rent.”