Housing – legal aid deserts
Access to legal aid and early advice can be the difference between a safe home and homelessness. However, many people across the country on low incomes and facing serious housing situations – sometimes on the cusp of eviction – are struggling to get the local face-to-face advice that they’re legally entitled to.
- almost 40% of the population of England and Wales do not have a housing legal aid provider in their local authority area, a figure that has grown by around 2% since 2019
- only 39% of the population have access to more than one provider in their local authority area
A lack of providers can mean services are over-stretched, potentially denying timely advice to those with urgent legal issues.
Click on your local authority to find out how many housing legal aid providers there are:
- 37% of the population were living in a local authority area with no housing legal aid providers
- over half of all local authorities were not providing housing legal aid services
Published data for 2013 is not available in the form of a directory of providers, so the data on which we've based the 2013 map is the number of firms that undertook work that year.
A firm has to have a legal aid contract to undertake work, therefore this gives an indication of the number of firms in each area with a legal aid contract.