More in need
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.