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.
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:
Click on your local authority to find out how many housing legal aid providers there are:
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We’re urgently calling on the government to:
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.
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.
We’re encouraging people to write to the new lord chancellor to urge him to:
Our online tool takes just two minutes to complete and helps you to raise your concerns direct with the lord chancellor.
Write to the lord chancellor