Rethinking the role of charity in a cost-of-living crisis

13 July 2023

University of Queensland research has found a direct link between levels of government income support and people’s need for charitable assistance.

Lead author Dr Christine Ablaza from UQ’s Life Course Centre said the study investigated the number of requests for assistance made to St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army in Queensland during the series of additional COVID-19 income support payments made by the Australian Government in 2020 and 2021.

“By analysing the timing and varying amounts of these payments, we established a direct association between the level of government income support provided and people’s need for charity,” Dr Ablaza said.

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