Australia is running a ground-breaking social care scheme to support people with disabilities. As of 2020 there are 400,000 people with a disability who benefit. By 2021 it will have accounted for 20 per cent of the new jobs created in Australia.
Isolation has a toxic effect on people’s physical and mental health. Those with fewest assets fare the worst. At the extreme, social exclusion in the form of harassment and violence can lead to suicide.