Cost of housing in Qld forcing pensioners into poverty: QCOSS

THE soaring cost of housing in Queensland in forcing age pensioners into poverty, according to a new report.

The Queensland Council of Social Service’s latest Cost of Living Report reveals older couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty — foregoing basic goods and services just to survive.

The report, based on the real-life experiences of age pensioners, found some of the state’s senior citizens have as little as $8 left over every week and are forced to “eat very small meals”, make their own dog food and consider dining out a “total luxury”.

Age pensioner couples renting privately in Brisbane earn, on average, nearly $32 a week less than what is needed to afford a basic standard of living.

And most are likely to be experiencing housing stress, which means they spend more than a third of their income on housing costs.

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