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Salvation Army welcomes boost for poor families

The Salvation Army
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Salvation Army welcomes boost for struggling families

Wellington, 03 July 2008 – Increased help for some of the most vulnerable families in society is a positive step forward, says The Salvation Army.

The Government announced today a doubling of financial assistance available through Special Needs Grants for food, along with an increase in the limit for emergency support from $200 to $500.

Salvation Army Community Ministries spokesman, Gerry Walker, says that the policy is a recognition by government that life on a limited income has been getting tougher.

‘Rising prices for basics like food and petrol have been hitting families hard, particularly those on low incomes.

‘The real value of benefits has been eroding, which has forced increasing numbers of people to rely on food banks and other charity assistance just to get by.

‘The Salvation Army, along with other charitable organisations, have been seeing large increases in the numbers of people needing food parcels, budgeting help and other social support.

‘The number of food parcels distributed has risen 20 per cent in the last three months compared to the same period last year.’

Mr Walker says that the new policy will provide immediate relief to the most vulnerable families and is a positive step for the community.  


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