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Bringing back Legal Help: a consultation

Dan Manville
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Greater Manchester Law Centre

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Hi all

I’ve got my shiny new NAWRA hat on.

Some of you might have noticed that the Legal Aid Agency are consulting on bringing Welfare Bens back into scope for Legal Help. It’ll only be in respect of the Housing Court Duty Possession Scheme though; housing solicitors providing what has nominally been titled “Early Help”... once the possession case is listed!

You can read all about it here (link):

NAWRA are hoping to make a contribution to the consultation but we need some data to back up our position so we’ve circulated a survey (link) to try and gather that data.

We’d be very grateful; if you’ve not seen the email, if you could complete it. It’ll take you all of 4 minutes if Surverymonkey’s estimate is close. Ideally it would be done before 10th Jan to give us time to draft the response.

I should probably add that MoJ are pretty serious about this; they’re conscious that LASPO eviscerated the sector and are trying to find politically expedient ways to fix it. Whether this is a solution is yet to be seen…