Last line of de­fence for many is lost

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

CUT­TING fund­ing to fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lors shows how lit­tle so­cial con­science the Bar­nett Govern­ment has for those do­ing it tough.

These fis­cal coun­sel­lors are one of the last lines of de­fence in the bat­tle to pre­vent evic­tions and pos­si­ble home­less­ness for many dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies.

They pro­vide the tools to help peo­ple get out of trou­ble while the Govern­ment sits by or in fact pro­vides the spade to dig a deeper hole fi­nan­cially speak­ing.

Pay­day lenders with out­ra­geous fees and charges tar­get the needy and those who can least af­ford it.

The adage that a stitch in time saves nine ap­plies: the ben­e­fits these coun­sel­lors pro­vide may be hard to quan­tify. Just like get­ting your car brakes ser­viced, both are worth it be­fore a crash hap­pens.

Michael Whit­worth, Safety Bay.

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