Many people in Australia can’t get the legal help they need. In 2014-2015, over 160,000 of Australia’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people had to be turned away by community legal centres, largely due to a lack of resources.
Unresolved legal problems generate a range of flow-on effects, including significant costs to the government and broader community. Access to legal help can prevent or reduce the escalation of legal problems and reduce costs to the justice system and other areas such as health and housing. Community legal centres provide unique and essential free legal help to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community. They are effective, efficient and innovative.
There are Federal Government funding cuts of 30% nationally from 1 July 2017. In order to prevent many people from missing out on the help they need, these must be reversed.
A cut in funding of this scale will result in a significant reduction in service delivery for Kingsford Legal Centre. Our next edition of the e-bulletin will be dedicated to showing what these cuts will look like and just who will be affected.
For further information on the national campaign for quality legal help in your community visit Community Law.