Major church providers have expressed optimism ahead of a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Sydney today where they will discuss measures to help limit the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on vulnerable Australians and the social services they rely on.
The meeting will consider the recommendations from the major church providers Summit in Canberra late last year, including key findings of the Access Economics report released at the Summit.
The report found that 80,000 people were turned away last year from unemployment programs, crisis accommodation and financial assistance because of a lack of funding, and estimated that up to 140,000 Australians could lose their jobs in the coming year as a result of the Global Financial Crisis.
The Summit noted that demand for social services, particularly emergency relief and financial assistance, was already increasing as a result of the Global Financial crisis.
The Summit recommended that: