The ABC brings word of an Anglicare report showing there is no housing in Canberra that could be called affordable:
The report found among the people it surveyed there were no affordable houses for single parents, people on Newstart or Youth Allowance.
Anglicare ACT’s Jenny Kitchin says the situation is not much better across the border.
“A lot of people who haven’t been able to afford to either buy or rent in Canberra have move out to Queanbeyan, so Queanbeyan has really become just as problematic as the ACT,” Ms Kitchin said.
The report defines an affordable rental property as one which took up less than 30 per cent of a household’s income.
“For example, if I was a single person on Newstart allowance, and if I paid 30 per cent of what I get on my benefit I could only afford $80 a week to pay for rent,” she said.
“Now we know that in Canberra rental properties are at least two or three times that cost.
“So it makes it extremely difficult.”
“But what about all the years of multipoint plans from earnest looking government ministers” I hear you cry.
Psalm 146 retains words to live by:
Put not your trust in princes
When advice stays good for 3,000 years don’t hold your breath for the next 6 point plan to get over it.