Youth services some of the hardest hit by growing demand – AYAC interview

The largest survey of Australia’s community services sector has revealed that frontline agencies are under increasing pressure, with many being forced to turn people away.

The annual review by the Australian Council of Social Services found that homeless, mental health and legal service providers cannot keep up with the demand and, increasingly, those missing out are young people.

AYAC’s Acting Executive Director, Rey Reodica, spoke to ABC Radio, The World Today

The ACOSS survey found youth services are also under significant strain, with providers reporting an 8 per cent increase in the number of people being turned away.

Young people are particularly vulnerable, because those under the age of 22 aren’t eligible for Newstart.

Rey Reodica, “For young people who are forced to live on Youth Allowance, it’s $29 a day, which is even lower. So, both of these are well below the poverty line and haven’t kept up with the rising costs that everyone faces, and so these are the young people who are going to services to try and get that additional support and help them through this situation.”

See more here – http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3793057.htm