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Landmark family violence report a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence

30 March 2016  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.

Published under Advocacy, Children, Children and families, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, Disability, Energy and Water, Essential Services, Family violence, Housing, State Budget, State Politics, Women, Young People and Families

Energy hardship review must serve all customers

22 March 2016  |  

Many people facing financial hardship may be assisted through improved, targeted assistance from energy retailers under proposals contained in a new report released today, but a proposed measure that customers facing further difficulty paying their energy bills be required to prepay as an alternative to disconnection carries serious risks of leaving people either without electricity or gas, or in financial crisis.

Thousands of people denied legal assistance every year put at risk

3 March 2016  |  

Thousands of people facing disadvantage across Victoria are being denied access to crucial legal assistance every year due to a $46 million state and federal government funding gap, putting them at greater risk of falling into debt, homelessness, and contact with the criminal justice system, new VCOSS submission says.

Published under Advocacy, CEO, Justice, Justice

iPads and blazers upping back-to-school costs

27 January 2016  |  

The rising use of technology in the classroom and an increasingly competitive school system is adding significant costs to families’ back-to-school budgets, says the Victorian Council of Social Service.