MP backs Law Society campaign to ensure access to justice for all on housing
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13 Aug 2019
West MP Margaret Greenwood has given her support to a campaign by the Law
Society which highlights the fact that over a third of the population of
England and Wales live in local authority areas which do not have a single
housing legal aid provider.
Society argues that provision of legal aid for housing cases is disappearing in
large areas of England and Wales, creating what they call legal aid deserts.
this year, the Law Society published a map, highlighting that over half of all
local authority areas in England and Wales have no provision for housing legal
also shows that across the whole of the Wirral local authority area, there is
just one provider of housing legal aid – Burd Ward Solicitors, who can be
contacted on 0151 639 8273.
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shortage in legal aid advice for housing means that people on low incomes
facing homelessness and eviction are struggling to get the local face-to-face
advice they desperately need.
Society is now calling on the government to independently review the
sustainability of the legal aid system and to make sure every area in England
and Wales has an acceptable number of housing legal aid providers
Greenwood MP said:
aid cuts have made access to justice unaffordable for many people.
on housing is vital, especially for those facing eviction, people who are
homeless and those who might be renting a property that is in serous disrepair
with issues like damp, leaking roofs or faulty electrics.
is committed to ensuring access to legal representation and advice is available
to all, regardless of ability to pay, and will return legal aid for housing,
helping tens of thousands of people resolve their housing issues and regain
their housing rights.
will also bring back legal aid for social security appeals and family law
cases, helping hundreds of thousands of people.”