New financial counsel plan

FINANCIAL counselling services in metropolitan Perth will operate under a new funding and community partnership model, offering support to people experiencing financial hardship.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said a State Government investment of $2 million per year would help people in the metropolitan area experiencing hardship to access financial counselling services.

A community sector partnership will be led by Anglicare WA and Uniting Care West and will consist of 10 service delivery organisations.

One of the groups no longer able to offer the service is the Salvation Army.

“We are saddened as the longest service provider in WA to be closing our doors on financial counselling,” Salvation Army divisional public relations secretary Warren Palmer said. “Our overriding concern however as we have said right through this last six months is that those in great need have access to this critical service.

“Otherwise we run the very real risk of subjecting people locked into crisis management.”

The new services that will operate are Uniting Care West, Midlas, Blue Sky Community Group, The Spiers Centre, City of Wanneroo, Anglicare WA, Gosnells Community Legal Centre, Southcare, Mission Australia and the City of Cockburn.

“It will enable small, medium and large not-for-profit organisations to work together under a common set of principles to provide face-to-face and telephone services to individuals and families,” Mr Simpson said.