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Bushfire funds for food vouchers, basics

AAP logoAAP 3 days ago Finbar O'Mallon

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Charities will get more government funding to hand out food vouchers, financial counselling and help with basics in bushfire-affected communities.

The federal government announced $40 million would go to charities the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul, with $10 million for the National Debt Hotline.

"For many people right now it's the basics that count," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

The charities would be responsible for divvying out the vouchers as well as helping those impacted by the fires to pay for bills, petrol, clothing and transport costs.

Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency

The increased funding for the debt hotline would go to getting locals into bushfire-affected areas to provide face-to-face financial counselling.

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said this was about making sure people knew what government-funded financial assistance they were eligible for.

"Many of the affected Australians have never relied on government services," Senator Ruston said.

Impacted people were also told by the government to consider loans from Good Shepherd Microfinance to help with recovery costs as alternatives to other lenders.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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