Monday, 30 June 2014 22:51

McClure Review an Important Opportunity to Improve How We Support Vulnerable People

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the weekend release of the McClure Review’s Interim Report on welfare reform and is encouraged by the foundations being laid by the review.

“We all agree that a simple, efficient and adequate system is important and that we need to make sure people are being supported effectively. The critical thing is to ensure that these priorities remain forefront for any recommendations made,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“The Interim Report rightly recognises the importance of building individual, community and family capabilities; the need for a simpler system; the importance of adequately supporting people; and the need to help people build their capabilities and to reach their potential. It is also positive to see recognition that income support needs to work in tandem with social support. 

“For people without paid employment who are also battling with a range of complex issues such as illness or a lack of job skills, a pay check is crucial, but it is not always enough on its own.

“Social services, like those provided by the organisations in our network, are vital to giving people the individualised services, personal support and encouragement that they need,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.

“One of the critical things going forward will be ensuring that short-term cost savings don’t become synonymous with efficiency.

“Few things are as important as supporting our most vulnerable people. If we get the review right we have the chance to create a simpler system which adequately provides for those who need support while building people’s capability and capacity to belong and be valued in their community.

Such a system is worth investing in,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.