Early legal advice helps address problems before they escalate and can prevent cases going to court unnecessarily.
We’re campaigning for legal aid to be reintroduced for early legal advice, particularly in family and housing law.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) introduced funding cuts to legal aid, meaning fewer people can access free legal advice.
Since 2012, legal aid has no longer been available for early advice, including housing and family law.
Without legal aid for early advice, legal problems can escalate unnecessarily and cause issues such as poor health, debt and homelessness. As a result of escalating legal problems, a lack of early legal advice can increase taxpayer costs and the burden on the courts.
We believe the government should reintroduce legal aid for early advice from a lawyer for housing and family cases.
In February 2019, the government reviewed the legal aid changes in LASPO and published a Legal Support Action Plan.
As part of this, the Ministry of Justice recognised our call to reintroduce legal aid for early advice.
The government plans to pilot the expansion of legal aid to cover early legal advice in an area of welfare law related to housing.
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