Thousands sink into extreme poverty amid cost-of-living crisis

May 18, 2023 8:16 am in by

Many Queenslanders are skipping meals to save money and can’t afford basic necessities, let alone essential healthcare.

Salvation Army research has revealed that 71 per cent of families they supported in 2022, are living 200 dollars below the poverty line.

The report also showed households with children are often the hardest hit.

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Last year the Salvation Army assisted more than 6,300 people, in the regions between Bundaberg and Mackay.

In the past 12 months, 9 out of 10 Queenslanders who reached out to The Salvation Army struggled to afford basic living necessities.

Salvation Army Major Gavin Watts says we’re in a dire situation.

“Everyone is doing it tough at the moment but for those who were already struggling, the cost-of living crisis is making it almost impossible for them to survive without help,” he says.

“We have seen a significant increase in everyday Queenslanders who have fallen through the cracks over the last year.

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“In many instances, we are seeing those who used to volunteer or donate money and time to help the Salvos now coming to us for help.”

Gavin Watts is urging Queenslanders to dig deep to support the Red Shield Appeal.

This year’s appeal aims to raise $5.5 million in Queensland to help fund over 150 services across the state.

The organisation has also distributed nearly $850,000 in financial assistance including gift cards, vouchers and household bill assistance to people in hardship.

Gavin Watts says nearly 84 per cent of respondents said they would not have managed financially without the support of The Salvation Army.

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“The need is greater than ever before.

“And for many Queenslanders who are doing it tough, the Salvos are often their last line of defence.

“We will always be there to give them a hand, whatever their circumstances may be, so that nobody has to struggle alone.

“With your support, The Salvation Army will help thousands of people to get back on their feet this year and give them hope for a better future.”