Le­gal cen­tre sur­vives fund­ing cut

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion -

As many of you will know, SCALES Com­mu­nity Le­gal Cen­tre — with all other Com­mon­wealth-funded com­mu­nity le­gal cen­tres — had been fac­ing a 32.2 per cent fund­ing cut that was to start on July 1.

In late April, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis an­nounced the cuts would not go ahead.

We were for­mally ad­vised on June 14 our fund­ing would equal our 2015-2016 in­come and was se­cure for an­other year.

I was sur­prised and heart­ened at how many peo­ple were aware and ex­pressed concern about the cuts to fund­ing and there­fore ser­vices, so I thought I would pass on the good news.

It is a great re­lief that we are able to con­tinue our ser­vices into our 21st year.

SCALES’ client group in­cludes highly vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham such as women and chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sep­a­rat­ing par­ents with chil­dren and res­i­den­tial tenants fac­ing evic­tion to home­less­ness.

I would like to pass on my thanks for the in­cred­i­ble sup­port we have re­ceived from the gen­eral pub­lic, other ser­vices, the le­gal pro­fes­sion, lo­cal State MPs and es­pe­cially our Fed­eral Mem­ber for Brand, Madeleine King, who was very ac­tive in her cam­paign to sup­port SCALES and other CLCs.

Gai Walker, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor SCALES Com­mu­nity Le­gal Cen­tre

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