One in 10 legal NfPs expect to close

Posted by - 6th January 2016

One in 10 legal advice agencies have indicated that they expect to shut down, according to a survey of 718 not for profit (NfP) organisations. The latest Ministry of Justice figures profiled the sector, which it reckoned comprised a total of 1,462 organisations, and its response to the April 2013 LASPO reforms. Over half of

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Law centres bounce back after ‘double whammy’ of funding cuts

Posted by - 23rd November 2015

Some 45 years after the first law centre was set up, the movement was finding itself in ‘a mid-life crisis’ – ‘not so much a crisis of vision, but a crisis of funding’, according to the Law Centres Network latest annual review. You can download the report – Picking up the pieces – here. On

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Bristol firms club together to fund law centre trainee

Posted by - 29th October 2015

Four of Bristol’s largest firms have joined forces with The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) to cover the £37,500 a year costs of a law centre trainee. The initiative is part of the TLEF’s Justice First Fellowship scheme which aims to support ‘the next generation of social welfare lawyers’. The successful candidate will work at Avon &

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The importance of volunteering

Posted by - 4th June 2014

This week is National Volunteers’ Week and Coventry Law Centre will be celebrating by holding an afternoon tea event to thank our volunteers. Up to 20 volunteers work within the Centre at any one time and they provide significant extra resource to help meet growing demand for the expert legal advice that the Centre offers.

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Justice Select Committee evidence on LASPO impacts

Posted by - 16th May 2014

Unusually, the Justice Select Committee have published all the submissions it has received to its inquiry on the impact of changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, but have not yet published their own conclusions. In the absence of a full analysis of data by the

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Law Centre for the Deaf to close

Posted by - 25th February 2014

The UK’s first and only law centre for the Deaf will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month as a result of the ongoing cuts to legal aid. According to the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), the funding cuts introduced by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders

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Charging for benefit tribunals shows ‘contempt for people in poverty’, say law centres

Posted by - 24th February 2014

Benefits claimants whose payments have been stopped could be charged for trying to appeal against the decision to an independent judge, according to a leaked report. The proposal, contained in an internal Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document leaked to the Guardian, says the ‘introduction of a charge for people making appeals against [DWP]

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More law centre closures as LASPO cuts bite

Posted by - 5th February 2014

Three more law centres are on the brink of closing their doors to clients for good as a result of the swingeing cuts to civil legal aid introduced last year. According to Law Centres Network, a combination of the LASPO cuts – which removed legal aid for most social welfare law, including housing, immigration, welfare

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The real cost of pay day loans

Posted by - 28th November 2013

Law Centre staff have hit out at payday loan companies, with debt spiralling out of control for many families. Elizabeth Davidson in a two-part article on debt looks at pay day loan companies in this article and, next week, the problems associated with the telephone gateway More than six months after legal aid was withdrawn

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Sheffield Law Centre: determined to continue in spite of cuts

Posted by - 25th November 2013

As part of a new fortnightly series on LegalVoice, Mary-Rachel McCabe profiles Sheffield Law Centre. What does Sheffield Law Centre (SLC) do? Sheffield Law Centre is a not-for-profit provider in Sheffield which delivers free legal advice and representation to local people. It specialises in housing, discrimination, employment and public law. Until recently it also delivered

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