A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including $123,000 for organisations in the Hunter.
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the services our community needs, or more cuts and chaos from the Liberals.
We need real change, because more of the same isn’t good enough.
The Morrison Government is cutting the funding for many emergency relief services at the end of the year.
Labor will reverse the Liberal and Nationals’ cuts to local emergency relief organisations by providing $107,000 to the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre. We will also provide a much-needed funding boost to the rest of the sector, including a further $16,000 for Upper Hunter Community Services.
These services provide support to vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn by providing food hampers; funding for fuel to attend specialist medical appointments; and other financial assistance.
The charities and not-for-profits that do this work are increasingly stretched and need more resources.
A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:
- Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country.
- Expanding low-cost alternatives to pay day loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.
- Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much needed top up to the emergency relief sector.
Many vulnerable Australians are falling through the cracks. Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians.
“As the Federal Member for Hunter I’ve had a strong association with Singleton Neighbourhood Centre over many years and have witnessed firsthand the invaluable support it provides to those in need,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Singleton Neighbourhood Centre is certainly part of the social fabric of Singleton and its surrounding areas.
“Organisations like Singleton Community Centre and Upper Hunter Community Services make an incredibly positive contribution to our community and should not be taken for granted. I’m proud that a Shorten Labor Government has committed to reinstating this important funding.”
For a fair go for all Australians, vote Labor.