The Welfare Rights Centre has been advised that its funding will be cut at the end of the financial year, after a 30-year partnership with the NSW Government’s Community Services agency.
Greens MP Jamie Parker joined hundreds of supporters of the Welfare Rights Centre calling for the funding to be reinstated.
"The government can afford $19 million to facilitate hunting in national parks but can't afford $400,000 to support some of our more vulnerable people in society to access assistance," Mr Parker said.
The Centre provides vital advocacy assistance to NSW households in dealing with Centrelink, while also playing an important role in policy development and providing expert advice to charities and community organisations. The centre employs five staff members, who have been able to help 120,000 social welfare recipients in NSW over the past 30 years.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has conceded that the Welfare Rights Centre plays an important role, although she does not believe it is her department’s responsibility to fund.
If you believe the government should continue funding this advocacy service for our most vulnerable families and individuals, please send a message to the Minister here
To help gather signatures to save the Welfare Rights Centre, download the petition here
More: Alison Martin 9660 7586 or 0432 941 533