- Financial counselling services to be reinstated and expanded in the Perth metro area
The McGowan Government's election pledge to reinstate financial counselling services in the Perth metropolitan area has been honoured, with an extra $7.4 million committed over four years.
Delivering on the election commitment, the additional investment ensures a greater number of people will have immediate access to support during times of financial hardship.
Reduced waiting lists for critical financial counselling services will enable more Western Australians to halt the poverty cycle and gain control of their finances.
In addition, as a priority group, families experiencing domestic violence will receive improved access. Evidence shows that victims sometimes stay in unsafe relationships due to financial abuse.
Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:
"Financial counselling services in Perth's metro region were forced to turn away more than 3,000 requests for assistance in the second half of 2016, and this is unacceptable.
"This was entirely due to $1.5 million in funding cuts implemented by the previous government, leaving some of Western Australia's most vulnerable people at a further disadvantage.
"Turning people away from access to appropriate financial counselling assistance has serious social consequences. This is particularly true for women experiencing family and domestic violence.
"I am delighted that the McGowan Government has begun to rectify this unfair situation, with this Budget announcement.
"We look forward to working with the community services sector to ensure that we maximise every opportunity to deliver quality financial counselling services to WA's communities."
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