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Community legal centres welcome $6 million funding boost for access to justice in NSW

    
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Media Release - Tuesday 20 June 2017

Community Legal Centres NSW

 

Community legal centres welcome $6 million funding boost for access to justice in NSW

The 2017-18 NSW Budget confirms the NSW government’s commitment to increasing access to justice in NSW, in the form of an additional $6 million over two years.

These funds were originally earmarked to meet the funding shortfall expected to occur through Federal government cuts to community legal centres. Following the reversal of these cuts, the $6 million promised by the NSW government now represents new funding for community legal centres.  

“This funding commitment is a welcome boost to the work community legal centres do across NSW providing access to justice to the people and communities who need it most,” Community Legal Centres NSW Chair Dr Linda Tucker said.

“Community legal centres provide a safety net to prevent peoples’ legal problems from escalating. This commitment demonstrates that the NSW Government understands that without early legal advice, families can break down, health problems can escalate, people can be unnecessarily evicted, and can lose their jobs.

“While this $6 million will give more people in NSW access to legal services, community legal centres remain underfunded. A hallmark of a fair and equitable justice system must be access to justice.

“Funding the early intervention work of community legal centres helps achieve social goals such as keeping families together, protecting children, reducing family and domestic violence, and increasing access to justice for Aboriginal communities.

“Community Legal Centres NSW looks forward to working collaboratively with the NSW Government, to better determine the extent of legal need in NSW, to contribute to policy and law reform, and to develop innovative legal services to help people across NSW,” Dr Tucker said.

Media contact:

Mark Riboldi – 0433 753 753

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