AnglicareSA welcomes the state government’s commitment to extra funding for vulnerable infants and foster care placements and the introduction of new programs to assist people on low incomes.
CEO Dr Lynn Arnold, AO, says measures that support families – especially children and babies – are essential in these challenging times but the lack of direct support for Aboriginal families is concerning.
“The 500 children who are in foster care in South Australia every night will benefit from the $20 million allocated to support the growing community need,” he says.
“It is pleasing to see the importance the government has placed on supporting vulnerable infants. If we don’t care for our children from birth their cognitive, emotional and physical development is threatened so we must invest in the early years.”
As a Reconciliation Ambassador for SA, Dr Arnold is, however, disappointed that there hasn’t been any money allocated specifically to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.
“Aboriginal children are over-represented in foster care, Aboriginal adults are over-represented in our prisons and the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is still too great,” he says.
Dr Arnold has also welcomed the initiative to fund new programs for low income households providing extra skills for people to effectively manage their budgets.
Planned rises in the costs of bus tickets, vehicle registrations, drivers’ licence renewals and compulsory third party premiums will place added pressure on household budgets.
“Financial literacy and budget skills are essential in helping people manage their household income. Anglicare provides these services and has seen a sharp increase in demand over the past few months,” Dr Arnold says.
“There is only so far households can stretch their money. Our fear is that people will have to further cut back on essentials such s dental health, heating and nutritious food.”
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