Housing – legal aid deserts
- 42% 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 5% since 2019
- only 33% 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.
Meanwhile, housing repossessions are at an all-time high.
Click on your local authority to find out how many housing legal aid providers there are:
The civil legal aid review will include in-depth analysis to better understand how people facing housing issues access funding and support.
- almost 41% of the population were living in a local authority area with no housing legal aid providers
- only 36% of the population have access to more than one provider in their local authority area
- 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.
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