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End legal aid deserts

  • Provision of legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating legal aid deserts.

    New data analysed by the Law Society shows that over half of all local authorities in England and Wales have no provision for housing legal aid services. Over a third (37%) of the population of England and Wales live in a local authority with no housing legal aid providers.

    Find out how many providers there are in your local area by using our new interactive map:


    This map is based on 2019 data from the Legal Aid Agency directory of providers (February 2019). Further analysis uses ONS population data.

    View the map in full

    The shortage in legal aid advice for housing means that people on low incomes facing homelessness and eviction are struggling to get the local face-to-face advice they desperately need and are entitled to by law.

    The government needs to urgently address this issue, which is why we are calling for an independent review into the sustainability of the civil legal aid system.

    We are also calling on the government to ensure every area has an adequate supply of housing legal aid providers.

    How you can help our campaign

    Legal professional: Do you have any case studies highlighting the damage to access to justice that legal aid deserts have caused in your local area? Get in touch with us at campaigns@lawsociety.org.uk.

    Public: Encourage your MP to attend our parliamentary drop-in event on 17 June. You can message them using our online tool – it only takes two minutes.

    Parliamentarian: Check out our parliamentary briefing, and table questions and debates on legal aid deserts and access to justice.

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