Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:37

Unmet need continues to grow under Labor

Just half of South Australians in need of supported accommodation were receiving the attention they require, according to a report released by the Office of the Public Advocate.

“Only 45 to 50 per cent of the population in need of attention were taken care of, while the rest were being neglected,” said Shadow Minister for Social Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge.

“The Weatherill Labor Government needs to start giving serious attention to those people with a disability and not overlook them.”

The annual report of Public Advocate Dr John Brayley, which was tabled in Parliament last week, requires urgent action from the Weatherill Labor Government.

“In South Australia there are 2841 people on the unmet needs list,” said Dr McFetridge.

“It is disappointing that Premier Weatherill’s Government has let those needing urgent attention down, with 1421 category 1 clients assessed as at critical risk of causing self-harm or becoming homeless.”

Services which are in need of urgent attention include supported accommodation, personal support and community support.

“People who are in the category needing urgent attention have a right to be receiving that critical support, rather than be left on a long waiting list by an uninterested Labor Government,” Dr McFetridge said.

“South Australians deserve a Government with the right priorities to get our state back on track.”

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