Homelessness crisis: How Australia is failing older women

Twelve months ago, women over 55 were the single largest demographic group accessing welfare payments – over 100,000 women over 55 were on the then-Newstart payment and/or the Sickness Allowance.

And while the coronavirus crisis has seen a large increase in all demographics, the number of women over 55 on the now ‘JobSeeker’ rate has risen by over 60 per cent in the last year.

On average, women retire with just over half the superannuation savings than men do. But worse, one in three women retire with no super at all.

And this government’s early access super scheme will only exacerbate that problem, further depleting retirement savings.

Source: Homelessness crisis: How Australia is failing older women

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