The impact of inadequate economic resources is wide ranging and complex. Poverty and disadvantage have multiple causes and impacts effecting both individuals and families. The constant struggle to maintain an ‘adequate’ standard of living requires mediating expenses (e.g. bills, rent, food, etc.) within an extremely tight budget without access to emergency funds if anything goes wrong. Restricted economic circumstances compromise social connections for all involved and impacts health and wellbeing, thereby decreasing social links and personal capabilities. Job search and employment capacity appears to be compromised for many. This is not just a factor of low income security. Employment capacity is also impacted by health, caring responsibilities, educational levels and experience. ESIS 2013 however indicates that despite the availability of services to address job search and employment capacity, these strategies are not working for those individuals signifi cantly disadvantaged within the community. As such, for many, there is little room to move forward and no capacity to move up and out of disadvantage.
The Salvation Army has an extensive history and an international reputation for working with the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our communities. The Salvation Army Australia through its emergency relief services, corps and social programs, and employment services provides a signifi cant and comprehensive response to individual and community disadvantage. This response is predicated on the need to respond to and address the multiple layers of disadvantage for individuals and their families.
The Salvation Army endorses the respondent comment that gave rise to the title of this report. It is not asking too much to want a job, to have the means and capacities to provide an adequate standard of living for a family and to participate as an active, valued and positive contributor to the local and broader Australian community.
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