‘Catastrophic’ housing advice deserts
New Law Society analysis -
Over half of the population of England and Wales is living in a local authority that has one or no housing legal aid provider, the Law Society reveals today, producing another shocking infographic that highlights ‘catastrophic’ legal aid advice deserts.
According to the Society’s interactive map, 184 out of 348 local authorities have no housing provider; 81 have one provider. A further 29 local authorities have two providers, 17 have three, and 37 have more than three.
Those living in the south west are hit worst, with 92% of the region living in a local authority with one or no provider, followed by the East of England (91%), the south east (82%), and the East Midlands (79%).
David Gauke has downplayed concerns about the number of legal aid housing advice deserts ....
The justice secretary said the ministry wanted face-to-face provision to be available, ‘but I also want to stress that everywhere there is also the telephone service available’.
without considering whether people can afford the phone call…..