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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1520..



whether the residents are living in the affected dwelling;

whether the residents have all normal utility services (water, sewerage, gas electricity, etc), also transport, access to municipal services like garbage, etc; and

whether the residence has functioning bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and toilet services such as power, heating, etc.

Clearly this process will permit payment to residents whose houses had significant damage.

It is also acknowledged that other properties also experienced varying levels of damage. However the vast majority of householders had insurance and it would be extremely difficult to establish clear and workable criteria for further payments which did not overlap with insurance payments. Nevertheless the Recovery Centre offers ongoing support to all householders, habitable or uninhabitable, in the fire affected areas. In particular, it provides:

Information;

Access to material assistance;

Case Management;

Personal support; and

Access to counselling services.

5) See answer to Question 4 above.

6) It is difficult to affix an average time of payment of the grant as some payments were made before the end of January, but where additional information had to be collected, then payments may not have been made up for 2 months. An estimate of the median time is 3 weeks.

Social Plan-budget allocations

(Question No 593)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 3 April 2003:

1) How much has been allocated to develop the Social Plan in the additional appropriation bills for the 2001-02 budget and in the 2002-03 budget;

2) How much of these allocations have been expended to date;

3) How much has been spent on consultancies and research for the Social Plan;

4) Do you have a current estimate of the final cost of developing the Social Plan, and if so, what is it;

5) When will you release the Social Plan;


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