Legal centre survives funding cut
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