Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the announcement by the federal Labor Government that it will provide emergency funding for the Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS).

The announcement means that the Service, which provides assistance and advice to 80,000 Queensland households each year, will be able to continue helping vulnerable tenants after Premier Campbell Newman announced that the State Government was withdrawing all funding.

“This important service assists some of society’s most vulnerable families right across the state,” ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said.

“Some budget cuts may be necessary to address Queensland’s economic woes but TAAS provides an essential service which actually saves the government money in the long run by keeping people in private residences and reducing the need for public housing,” she said.

The ACL commends the role played by Federal Labor Member for Blair Shayne Neumann in securing the funding.

“Mr Neumann recognises the importance of this service in preventing homelessness and federal Labor is to be commended for ensuring it can continue,” Ms Francis said.