Harehills and Chapeltown Law Centre in Leeds has been forced to close as a result of ongoing cuts to legal aid.
Set up in the 1980s, the Law Centre provided free expert legal advice to Leeds residents on debt, employment, family, housing, immigration, mental health and welfare benefits matters for over thirty years.
A Law Centre spokesperson said:
‘Cuts to public services have made it difficult for our skilled and dedicated team to continue operating. We are sad and disappointed that the closure leaves people on low or no income in leeds without an important specialist and local support service.’
A sad loss
Julie Bishop, Director of Law Centres Network, said the closure of the Law Centre is ‘a sad loss to the Law Centres movement and to the people of Leeds.’ She added that the Law Centre has been ‘a longstanding resource for disadvantaged people in Leeds, offering them free and independent legal advice when it was needed most.’
Law Centres Network thanked the staff and trustees of the Law Centre for their dedication following the announcement of its closure.
Harehills and Chapeltown Law Centre follows in the footsteps of Birmingham Law Centre, which shut down in June following the swingeing cuts to civil legal aid introduced by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) on 1st April.
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