A call to restore legal aid for housing cases

A report produced by the Low commission led by Lord Low entitled ‘Tackling the advice deficit: a strategy for access to advice and legal support on social welfare law in England and Wales’ was released this month and it called for reform in social welfare law and called for the re-introduction of legal aid for housing cases. The report recommended that legal aid should be made available for cases that involve housing disrepair and the right to quiet enjoyment, rather than only for cases where tenants face eviction. 

This report took a year to compile facts and data that was gathered from various sources in order to establish the effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which removed the scope of legal aid funding from large areas of civil law.

The report also called for urgent reforms that must be made by the Government to ensure that the most vulnerable and poorest people get the help they need to deal with employment, debt, housing and other social welfare law issues.

The Low commission also discovered that the few Citizens Advice centres that remain are overwhelmed with calls from people seeking advice on social welfare law problems. But the Citizens Advice centres cannot able to deal with the large volumes of calls.

The NSOCA has a wealth of legal expertise in housing matters

However, do not despair because we at the New Societe Organisation for Caribbean ‘Cultural’ Affairs has a team of experienced legal advisors that specialize and deal with housing cases and social welfare law problems such as debt matters, rent arrears, housing disrepair and welfare benefits tribunal cases.

Should you be in need of legal advice in these matters and any other social obstacles then please contact us at our offices on 0207 733 7337 or email us at info@nsoca.org.

Should you live outside the London area, please contact us as we may be able to provide legal assistance for your matter.

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