Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, caught up with Leanne Petrides, Executive Officer of the Cranbourne Information & Support Service, today to launch a campaign to protect Emergency Relief funding from being cut to local community services as a result of the forthcoming Federal Budget.
Emergency Relief funding helps people deal with their immediate financial crisis situation in a way that maintains the dignity of the individual and encourages self-reliance. There are over 700 community and charitable organisations around Australia providing Emergency Relief services including the Cranbourne Information Support Service and the Casey North Information Support Service in Holt.
“In the financial year 2012-2013, CISS saw nearly 8,000 individuals, who represented many families in Casey’s South. We assisted with almost 14,000 different requests for assistance, with over 6,000 of those requests being for emergency relief. During the last financial year, we provided over $150,000 of food and petrol vouchers top those in need in our local community, as well as $12,315 in other financial assistance. This does not include the many food parcels distributed on a daily basis. Seventeen per cent of the clients assisted with emergency relief were first time visitors to our agency. We are already noticing an increase in demand for our services this year to the end of April 2014 and thus we require current funding levels to be maintained,’ said Leanne Petrides.
“Organisations like the Cranbourne Information Support Service go above and beyond to help those in the community in need and thus they should actually be given further support by Governments not be threatened with cuts to their own budgets for carrying out vital community services,’ said Mr Byrne.
If you wish to join this campaign to retain current funding levels for Emergency Relief funding then can you please call Anthony Byrne MP’s office on 9796 7533.
Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533.