More in need

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AUS­TRALIA fared bet­ter than other na­tions dur­ing the fi­nan­cial cri­sis but new data sug­gests more fam­i­lies are strug­gling to make ends meet. The lat­est snapshot of the so­cial sec­tor shows the num­ber of Aus­tralians be­ing turned away from emer­gency re­lief, dis­abil­ity, home­less and youth wel­fare ser­vices is on the rise. More than half the 745 char­i­ties and ser­vices sur­veyed for the snapshot say they can’t cope with the load. De­mand for emer­gency re­lief, in­clud­ing food, fi­nance and shel­ter, al­most dou­bled in 2009-10 from the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, with ser­vices turn­ing away an av­er­age of 100 peo­ple.

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