HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

16 Dec 2016

Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

 

Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

A one year extension, with $117m in funding is inadequate and will not meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

$117 million is still less than the funding delivered under the 2013-2015 NPAH, after the Coalition cut $44 million from homelessness services.

Under the Turnbull Government there is no money for a modest increase in homelessness funding but $50 billion for tax cuts for overseas investors and the big banks is apparently freely available.

A year extension will not provide the funding certainty that homelessness service providers are crying out for. This short term approach by the Turnbull Government will not allow service providers to retain staff and premises, and plan services for long term, complex-need clients.

The Turnbull Government has no excuse for this failure. They are totally consumed with internal dissent and are leaderless. They have had plenty of time to come up with a new agreement. 

The inability to deliver a longer agreement is a direct result of the chaos and division within the Coalition. There is no Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and today's decision shows that the government has completely deprioritised homelessness.

 

The government should restore the $44m in funding cut from NPAH in the last agreement, reinstate the Prime Minister's Council on Homelessness and put in place an agreement that provides funding security for the 180 service providers that provide services to over 80,000 people under NPAH.

 

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2016