Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania calls on political parties to fund additional jobs in the Neighbourhood House sector to increase support to local communities to prepare for the challenges ahead as a result of the pandemic.
In addition, we request support for the vital work towards food security in Neighbourhood Houses.
The Tasmanian Government introduced legislation to help both landlords and tenants minimise the economic impact of the pandemic. These protections ended on 31 January 2021 and will not be extended unless circumstances change.
To help assist with the progression out of the emergency period, the Tasmanian Government has:
NHT has joined other consumer advocates in calling for Parliament to vote against watered-down protections against predatory lenders.
NHT have supported a campaign led by the Consumer Action Law Centre to Stop the Debt Trap, and to reject the Federal Government’s proposed changes to laws governing high-cost payday loans and consumer leases, calling for Parliament to vote against the Bill in a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee.
A Shared Statement of Intention has been drawn up by the CEOs from a diverse group of peak bodies (including NHT), these peak bodies represent the majority of Tasmanians. This statement of intention provides information for engaging Tasmanians in the state's response to COVID both now and into the future. Below are the letters to the Premier of Tasmania and the Chair of the Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC).