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End legal aid deserts

  • In large areas of England and Wales, people cannot access legal aid advice for housing. Our legal aid deserts campaign raises awareness of the negative impact caused by reductions in legal aid funding.

    This means that people on low incomes facing eviction and homelessness are struggling to get the local face-to-face advice they're legally entitled to.

    What we found

    We analysed data from the Legal Aid Agency directory of providers (February 2019) and the Office of National Statistics (2017) and found that in England and Wales:

    • 37% of the population live in a local authority area with no housing legal aid providers
    • over half of all local authorities do not provide housing legal aid services

    Legal aid providers in 2019

    Click on your local authority to find out how many housing legal aid providers there are:

    View the full map

    What we’re doing

    We’re urgently calling on the government to:

    • independently review the sustainability of the legal aid system
    • make sure every area in England and Wales has an acceptable number of housing legal aid providers

    We held an event in parliament on 17 June 2019 to update MPs about our housing legal aid deserts campaign and how it affects their constituency. Twenty-nine MPs showed their support.

    Get involved

    If you’re a legal professional, we’d like you to share examples of the damage that legal aid deserts have caused in your local area.

    Email the campaigns team

    Share our map with your MP on Twitter

    If you’re an MP, you may be interested in reading our parliamentary briefing on legal aid deserts.

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