The Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has joined a number of community service organisations in calling on the Government to increase funding to a sector which is critical to the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Tasmanians.
“At the moment there are hundreds of organisations doing an amazing job, sometimes running on the smell of an oily rag, but without an increase in funding there is a huge risk that vulnerable people desperate for support will be turned away.”
“Rising inflation and essential costs have risen dramatically over the last few years, but unfortunately government funding to the community services industry hasn’t increased accordingly. In the last 20 years CPI has increased by 71% while indexation to the industry is only 45%”
“We are seeing increasing numbers of people living on our streets, emergency departments struggling to cope and families being torn apart by addiction and domestic violence. Now, more than ever we need to ensure these essential services are accessible, fully operational and well-resourced,” Ms Johnston said.
Ms Johnston said it is critical that government listens to the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) and urgently makes provisions for a funding increase in the upcoming state budget;
“Without a fair and reasonable funding increase the ramifications will be dire and the consequences felt for years to come,” Ms Johnston said.