Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Community Law Funding Great Value for Money

Community Law Funding Great Value for Money

Media Release – 10 April 2013

Announced funding security for Community Law is a huge relief to the sector.

“We thank Justice Minister Judith Collins for her decision to secure funding for Community Law Centres (CLCs) for the next two years, providing certainty to this important sector,” says Elizabeth Tennet, Chief Executive of the national organisation, Community Law Centres o Aotearoa (CLCA).

From over 140 locations around the country CLCs provide free legal services to about 250,000 people each year who are unable to pay for a private lawyer or who do not have access to legal aid. They mainly receive advice and assistance on family, employment, consumer, criminal, housing, and immigration problems.

The services are provided by a small number of paid staff and a large network of over 1,200 volunteers, mostly lawyers, who work for free because of their belief in the importance of access to justice.

In addition, free legal information is available to all New Zealanders on the Community Law website, www.communitylaw.org.nz which receives nearly three-quarters of a million hits each year.

“For an investment of $10.97m per year, the New Zealand tax payer is receiving a return of at least $36.23m per year and possibly as much as $43.53m per year from Community Law”, Ms Tennet says.

“While we haven’t quantified all our benefits, if our information and education services led to only a one percent cost reduction in the court system, then CLCs would have saved approximately $7.3 million dollars per year.”

CLCs provide improved justice system efficiency and increased confidence in the justice system and the rule of law.


www.communitylaw.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election