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Care provider forced to close due to Communities cost-cutting

The head of a care provider that’s being forced to close due to a lack of funding – says he’s gutted to learn about allegations of corruption within the Department of Communities.

Casson Homes offers a 32-bed refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence.

It needs $200,000 a year in recurrent funding to continue operating – which has been refused by the Department.

Divisional Manager Jason Simpson says revelations last week that Paul Whyte is alleged to have stolen $2.5 million – and potentially more – are devastating.

“Gutted, simply because a million dollars of that money could have supported this refuge for over five years,” he told Gareth Parker.

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