Work out a solution or lose funding to other schemes: Butler

FEDERAL Housing Minister Mark Butler has issued a veiled ultimatum to the Newman government - sit down with the Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service and work out a solution to allow services to continue or risk the loss of funding to other schemes.

The Queensland government stopped funding the QTAAS last year citing a duplication of services and it was left to the Federal government to keep the essential service running.

Yesterday Mr Butler pledged a further $2.5 million to keep QTASS open to vulnerable tenants until the end of December 2013 on the proviso the state government changes it stance.

But Premier Newman refuses to budge.

"Should the Newman Government refuse to fund dedicated Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services, the Australian Government will be looking at all available levers, including denying requests from Queensland to approve delays in delivering social housing initiatives through funding underspends and to provide access to the proposed Housing Payment Deduction Scheme," Mr Butler said.



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