Federal Homelessness and Housing Minister Mark Butler
Federal Homelessness and Housing Minister Mark Butler Jay Cronan

Butler condemns decision to cancel funding to TAAS

THE Newman Government opted for playing politics rather than policy when it scrapped funding to the state's tenancy advisory services this week, the Federal Government claims.

Federal Homelessness and Housing Minister Mark Butler has condemned the Queensland Government's decision to cancel funding arrangements to the 23 tenant advice and advocacy services.

Mr Butler said the services were critical to keeping people out of homelessness.

"The most effective way to reduce homelessness is to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place and services such as these help to do exactly that," Mr Butler said.

"Every other state and territory in Australia funds tenant advice and advocacy services.

"The Newman Government simply don't get it - if you pull your investment in this area, it's going to pop up somewhere else with people ending up homeless and out in the cold.

"Housing Minister Tim Mander said the funds were needed elsewhere.

"The State Government announced, last year, it would be redirecting funds from TAAS in order to provide additional social housing for our neediest Queenslanders," he said.

"The services provided by TAAS are available through other government agencies such as the Residential Tenancies Authority and through government-funded programs like RentConnect.

"In the face of so much unmet need, it is important our scarce resources are directed towards those who need them most."



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