Rankin MP Jim Chalmers speaks out against $9 million per year cuts to emergency relief and financial counselling services

Federal Rankin MP Jim Chalmers has slammed the government's $9 million per year cuts to emergency relief and financial counselling as they affect Logan and Beaudesert.

Mr Chalmers said the groups affected help keep food on the table, roofs over heads and the electricity connected.

Organisations providing a broad spectrum of crisis support have taken a hit, including groups who provide food parcels, transport assistance, chemist vouchers and clothing to those in need.

Financial counselling, budgeting and creditor management support groups have also seen their funding cut, with the government's National Debt Helpline also in the firing line.

In the lead up to the 2019 election, Scott Morrison and the Liberals committed to a one-year funding extension for many services. A year later, with no election on the horizon, the funding has been cut.

MultiLink community services, the Salvation Army and the Eagleby Community Association are among the many organisations who will feel the impact of this latest LNP decision.

MultiLink, which provides language support, aged and disability support, and social engagement programs focussing on healthy lifestyles community services to local migrant, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, has had its funding cut by more than $33,000 a year.

"Scott Morrison and his LNP razor gang could easily step in and reverse these cuts with a stroke of a pen," Mr Chalmers said.

"The LNP short-changed our local sports community and now they're ripping money from the hands of vulnerable Australians who need emergency support.

"All of this is that it comes at the same time as we hear more every day about the Liberals funnelling billions of dollars into dodgy pet projects to save their friends during the last election - it's a disgrace.

"If only Scott Morrison and the LNP cared as much about struggling and desperate Australians are they clearly care about their own jobs."

Mr Chalmers said Labor called Mr Morrison and the LNP to restore the funding.

"It's time for Scott Morrison to get his priorities straight, and refund the crisis services our community relies on," he said.

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