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Soaring petrol prices crash Christmas budgets

The Salvation Army
Media Release

Soaring petrol prices crash Christmas budgets

Wellington, 22 November 2007 – The soaring price of petrol is making budgets even tighter for families already struggling in the lead up to Christmas says The Salvation Army.

Petrol has risen to near record highs of $173.9 a litre while diesel is at a high of $127.9 a litre. These are increases of 13 per cent and 24 per cent respectively since August.

Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary Major Robert Ross says that the skyrocketing fuel prices could have far reaching impacts on families who are only just keeping their heads above water.

‘They will certainly notice the difference every time they visit a petrol station, but the fuel price will also effect them in other more insidious ways such as through higher food and service costs.

‘For families already struggling financially the petrol price hike comes on top of the extra budget pressures associated with Christmas and may be enough to tip the balance for some.’

Major Ross says that Salvation Army staff around the country see families every day who reach their financial limits and need emergency support with food parcels and accommodation. Once the initial crisis passes, the Salvation Army gives budgeting advice and other support to help people get their lives back on track.

‘Rising fuel costs have given our Christmas Appeal a new sense of urgency. Appeal donations go to support Salvation Army food banks and we are expecting to see increasing numbers of desperate families needing help.’

People may donate to the Sallies Christmas Appeal by phone on 0800-53-00-00 or online at www.salvationarmy.org.nz

ENDS

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