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$23.9 million to help families and individuals in crisis.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Warwick Smith, MP

Minister for Family Services · Federal Member for Bass

3 July 1998

 

 

$23.9 MILLION TO HELP FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN CRISIS

 

Families in financial crisis will be helped with $23.9 million to be provided through the Eme rgency Relief Program this year, Family Services Minister Warwick Smith announced today.

 

“This is $400,000 more than last year and follows a review which recommended that the program funding be indexed to reflect cost of living increases,” Mr Smith said.

 

The funds will be distributed by more than 1200 community welfare organisations around Australia to help people in short-term financial crisis.

 

“It’s all about helping people who are having difficulty to get back on their feet.

 

The program helps by providing cash, food vouchers, bus or train fares, clothing, or a cheque for a utility bill and information and referral to other services.

 

“Indexing program funding is good news for welfare agencies and for the people who rely on them.

 

“Indexing will ensure that the Emergency Relief Program has a guaranteed, stable level of funding so community organisations will have more certainty about funding from year to year,” Mr Smith said.

 

 

Media contact:. John Wilson, Minister’s office, 02 6277 7240, 0412 437 317 Program inquiries: Sue Gordon, Health & Family Services, 02 6289 3977.

 

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